Lately, I can’t help wishing I had an art studio.
I spent two years setting up my studio in Bath, accumulating art materials, painting walls, building storage, only for the flat above to spring a massive leak in the bathroom, all of which came gushing down into my studio, ruining all my paper, unfinished art pieces, and generally covering everything in a layer of disgusting mould. Needless to say, that was an exceptionally dark hour, especially for an emerging artist. Having to deal with the cost of replacing materials is one thing, but the most gutting thing was losing the uninsured, unfinished pieces of artwork.
Due to that, I learnt to work anywhere. It was the only way I could avoid months of not painting. So my studio/work space became a bunch of work spaces in a 300 square foot open plan diner/lounge in my flat. I worked on the sofa with its wide arm, the dining table, the floor, or sometimes dragged my easel to the middle of the room and painted there.
This worked out very well after my move to London. I don’t think I need to mention how limited space is in central London, and being able to work in my living area has worked entirely to my advantage, as well as having the added bonus of not getting attached to a certain studio. I have mimicked the arrangement of furniture from my Bath flat in my London flat, and it caused virtually no disruption to my work.
However, lately, as I am getting more organised, and more productive, I can’t help thinking I would like a studio of my own. This is the place I spend the most amount of time, usually working between 16 and 18 hours, daily. I prefer something connected to my home, allowing me the flexibility of working at all hours.
In those few hours of downtime, I find myself dreaming of my perfect studio, so I did a little sketch of what I would like.
Areas of space: Minimum 300 square feet. Back wall, entirely for storage. Side wall, painted black. Other side wall, a gallery wall. Front wall, with French doors leading outside. Vinyl floors, wood effect. Big table in the middle of the room. Chaise longue, facing the French doors, with a medium sized side table for my laptop when I am blogging. A corner desk, holding a printer and scanner. Cork board behind the desk. Small kitchenette and WC.
Recycling: Most of my storage is made from recycling old boxes, tomato cans, etc. It is good for the environment, keeps my costs down, and allows me to customise them however I like.
Organising: While I work, I can get messy but between each project I have to clean up and start from a clean slate.
When I think of my perfect/future studio, I feel like that child always wanting to be older because the future held so much more promise.