Monday, September 22, 2008

PREOCCUPIED WITH POTENTIAL...



What do you see when you look at this picture? Do you see a semi derelict, broken into garage full of junk and cobwebs, almost completely obscured by brambles? Do you see somewhere fly-tippers have dumped bags of rubble and some broken wardrobes? Somewhere a man with mental health issues has been sheltering and you have to watch your step in case you tread on a needle? (Well, you can't see those parts.)

I see what is eventually going to be my studio. After longer, more complex and more frustrating negotiations than the purchase of my flat, I finally own the garage at the bottom of my garden (It's where the coach houses used to be and faces into a track).

There are a lot of artists in this area and most of the garages have been turned into studios. The open studios weekend each summer is the perfect opportunity to snoop at the amazing spaces people have created - oh and look at their art, I suppose. I was talking to one established local artist, who has an architect designed, slate clad beauty of a space, and was telling her my hopes to buy and convert mine into a studio as well.

She looked at me with slight amusement and said; "And what are you going to do in your studio?"

"Um, I'm going to create, er, stuff and you know, just like, it'll be good to have a place to make a mess and not have to clear it up and um, I can sew but I don't do it much anymore," was my not very polished answer.




I suppose what I should have said was: I'm going to paint it all white and stick things up on the wall and re-finish all the pieces of furniture I never touch because it's too cold/rainy to do it outside. And I'm going to set up my sewing machine and not have to put it away each time I use it; and I'll store all my magazines and fabric and put all my paints and craft supplies in cute jars on shelves where I can see them instead of in a suitcase.

As fate would have it, I received my copy of Lena Corwin's book: Printing By Hand the very same day the sale was completed. It's full of gorgeous projects; so maybe that's what I'm going to get up to in my studio.

About an hour ago, two eastern european guys finished removing a truckload of crap from the garage and the stuff that had been dumped outside (probably by some other eastern european guys who were paid to remove it from somewhere else - eek). So I now have a very heavily cobwebbed, extremely dark empty space, ready for the real work of converting it into something light and inspiring like the space above.

So that's what I've been doing lately instead of paying attention to fashion shows.

{Other images from Blueprint (R.I.P.) Fall 2006 - photo cos my supposedly compatible Mac and my scanner still won't even talk to each other, hence less pics lately - sigh}

14 comments:

lottie said...

what fantastic news! i'm very, very pleased for you and certain you'll turn it into a wonderful space. ooh and you'll have one of those linked-by-two-structures gardens. so very home studio and quite perfect.

Anonymous said...

wow yeah...great news...oh i wish i had a studio as well...i am sure you make a wonderful space and then later make wonderful things in that space...:)
nancy

Bombay Beauty said...

Delighted this has happened at last! You'll have great fun renovating this space and then using it. Well, at least the second. The first is frustrating and expensive... BB

Kate said...

Congratulations! A studio ... a dream ... :-) *dyingwithenvybuttryingnottoshow* ... no, really, it's awesome. I wish you a ton of inspiration and a really good working space!

Liz said...

All sounds rather lovely! Random question, do you know of any stockists in this country for Sessun? I thought your boots looked rather nice and so I had a gander at their website and fell in love with several items, but don't know when I'll next be able to go to Paris.

miss milki said...

It sounds fabulous! I'd loveto have a studio some day. Good luck with all your renovations. I can't wait to see photos when its done!

Anonymous said...

Hurrah!! I'd be green with envy if I weren't so happy for you... ;)
xxx
Mia

l'embrouillamini said...

What a great idea :) And Blueprint is certainly a great source of inspiration for workspaces... I still haven't come to terms with its untimely death. MS Living just isn't the same.

p.s. Love your navy booties :)

Lola Is Beauty said...

Liz: Bread & Honey in Islington is supposed to stock it (also online) but they don't seem to have any Sessun at the moment...I don't know of anywhere else but you could try emailing Sessun to ask - there's an address on their website for stockist info.

Thanks all for your studio envy - not sure you'd be so envious if you saw the state of it at the moment or the size of my solicitor's bill!

Liz said...

Thank you! I will do some investigation.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!

This is HUGE news and so exciting!! And you are gonna do ALl those things and you know what else? parties-- people will come over and hang in your studio and it will be so fabulous .. oh.

~bp

stacy said...

The photo reminds me of the Secret Garden.

maitresse said...

all I see is a perfectly beautiful piece of greenery.

congratulations!! you have my envy and undying admiration :)

Erin Haight said...

that sounds fantastic, i want a studio for myself too!