So I moved to a new working space last week, I couldn't have chosen a worse time, I know. The thing is, I had already reserved and paid for the space, I couldn't back up, and I really needed to move to a new space. I also really wanted this new studio, it’s such a great place to work in, and things will get back to normal, it will take some time, but it will.
I had been working from home for the last year, since we moved to Bristol to our new house. I worked from the spare bedroom, which is also a music studio for Joff, my other half, a storage room and a guest room. That a lot for an average size bedroom!
I’m a bag maker, this type of activity takes a lot of space, so had to move and I did move, despite the current virus situation and the economic uncertainty.
At the moment I still work from there. I walk there and the building is very spacious, with very high ceilings, and there are not many of us in this part of the building (it’s in a different building from the main studio), so I think the risk of Covid contamination is low.
My studio is at In Bristol Studio in Barton Hill (east Bristol). I share my unit with Rosa Pietsch, a very talented jewellery designer maker. She is also very nice, which is a big plus! Our unit is very large, so it feels like we both have our own space (it is also safer at the moment).
My unit is in a different building than the rest of In Bristol Studio. The units are much larger here, and there are a lot less of us. I haven't had the occasion to spend time in the main studio building, but when things go back to normal, I’ll be able to use the shared equipment and meet everyone. For now, I stay only in our part of the studio. The other residents I met so far are all very nice and I was told that people often collaborate and share their skills, which is exactly the type of community I was looking for.
My studio has skylight windows, so it is very bright and it is fantastic to make photos. I don’t have to go outside anymore to take photos, this is truly life changing!
The studio is not heated, so it is cold, and I’m very sensitive to cold, so I came up with some strategies.
I work standing now, this the main thing to stay warm, it really works. I wear warm clothes obviously and every 2 to 3 hours I make sure I go out for a walk. I’ve been fine so far with these techniques :)
I originally wanted a heated work space, but the vast majority of artist and maker studios aren't heated, so I had to make this compromise.
This new studio is everything else I wanted: walking distance from home (40 minutes walk, meaning I don't need to go to the gym, woohoo!), good natural light to take pictures, affordable, spacious, great community).