the studio — take two

7 Jul

Oops! This got posted on Saturday before I’d finished. Here goes a second time round!

The building our studio is in is a converted cricket bat factory in Peckham Rye.

When we first moved in, it was a bit of a mess.

(You can see the silver curtain of an audio/visual artist in the background. The saw and wood piece are from an architect whose space is a bit beyond ours. Next to us is an artist who makes giant sandwiches out of foam.)

After:

OK, so it’s not really that much less of a mess, but at least it’s OUR mess!

As you can see, we don’t have our sewing machines there. It’s only slightly an umbilical thing — it’s really hard to come to grips with the idea of leaving my sewing machine in a place that is not my house! — but I’m mostly blaming it on the fact it has been HOT in London and the thought of carrying a sewing machine halfway to Peckham is enough in itself.

Even with my sewing machine still at home, the studio is proving so much better than I ever hoped. I can’t get over how much I love having a space to work. I find myself spreading everything out — fabric, trimmings, buttons — just because I can. And look at it!

You can see everything! From that great sea of buttons, within minutes I was able to collect and collate eleven perfect four-button sets.

Of course, I say ‘within minutes’ and technically that’s true. But I’ll admit it those minutes were interspersed with long tracts of lost daydreaming as I gazed lovingly at the infinity of pairings all those buttons can make.

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