It’s been nearly a month in the new space at Ground Floor Gallery & Studios and I am still delighted. There has been a dedicated mix of work (new chrysalis structures) and play (wool samples, nuno/laminate felting samples). My eagerness to make the 10 mile drive to a blazing hot warehouse has not waned one bit.
Rearranging furniture and storage units was all part of the moving in/nesting process but I believe everything is settled for the time being. I installed some shelves at the back for display and to keep finished pieces from getting damaged. Most of the magic happens on the long table. And my magic, I mean lots of goop, soapy water, woolly bits, rolling, rubbing, tossing, thwacking… you know.. hard messy work.
I have a funny “Mr. Rodgers” routine when I first enter the space. Purse and workbag go into a cubby and then I switch shoes and put on my apron. So far the optimum work hours are 2pm-6pm and it seems that 4 hours is my max right now. Keeping track of my actual “make-the-work” time has been fascinating.. and something that was impossible to do while I was working from home.
My fellow studio mates keep slightly different hours than I do, so I’m often there by myself.. and when they are around it’s quite pleasant. I’ll admit to a little relief that no one does anything remotely like my art. If I were a painter among painters, it would be really easy to feel constantly assessed. And since no one has the slightest idea what I’m doing (including myself sometimes), there is freedom in mystery!
And speaking of mystery… anyone want to guess what these things are??