I imagine this is probably the same in most cities: having to move artist studios every few years.
I’ve moved studios every couple of years, and each time it doesn’t get any easier. Sometimes I moved because a shared studio space wasn’t working out anymore, other times because the studio was going to get torn down for new developments. And each time there’s a certain amount of stress of trying to find a new fit, followed by the actual act of moving all of my art work and supplies.
The new studio search can feel like I have all my art belongings in my arms and I’m wandering the city to find it a new home. This past December I was lucky to move to Gene Studios, which is part of an artist community in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.
Next Friday, I will be taking part in ROVE, an art walk through Mount Pleasant that takes visitors through 8 different art spaces open for one night to the public. From 6 to 10 pm, people can visit different galleries and artist studios. Gene Studios houses many different studios, so come say hi while you check out all the different artists here.
It’s a new year, which means lots of new things coming up, including new work! I’m busy in the studio these days preparing for several projects that will be taking place this year. I’ve also been sorting things out in my studio. Between experimenting with some new ideas and techniques and creating more work for upcoming exhibitions, I’ve also been trying to keep my studio fairly orderly. I’ve managed to do okay, for the most part, save for an accident with a fresh pot of dark pink ink which has now stained my work horse desk and part of the floor of my studio. I think it gives my studio a bit of flair. A good way to start the new year!
I’ll be doing a studio visit event with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver on February 2nd, giving an artist’s talk in my studio to members of CASV. This will only be open to CASV members only, and as I have a somewhat small studio space, there will be a limited number of people allowed, to keep it cozy without being uncomfortable. I’m looking forward to this as it will the first open studio to a group of people at my current studio. Previously, I had opened my studio during the Eastside Culture Crawl, when I used to be located in East Vancouver, and those were always fun events. This will be a little bit more formal than that but still fun, hopefully!
Here’s a little peak at my studio from December, when I had some work displayed for a private studio visit. A panorama photo taken in my studio to try to capture all the little nooks and crannies, filled with art and materials. With less wall space to work with than in previous years, it will be tricky deciding what to hang and how, but a good challenge. A little bit of self-curating!
For more information on my studio visit, please go to the CASV website.
So the last week or so has been busy with the ending of my Banff residency and readjusting to life back in Vancouver. I won’t be back in the studio until next week but I’m raring to go with lots of ideas brewing in my head. Banff definitely gave me a creative boost, and I can’t wait to start working in the studio again.
The last few days of Banff was a write-off, work-wise, as I had to get everything shipped back to Vancouver. Because I was working in oils, the last week of work at the residency was spent creating pencil sketches, as I needed my oil paintings to dry in time for shipping. There’s something really great about being able to just work with pencil…it’s something that I miss doing and am really happy that I’ve started taking up again.
The residency culminated with open studios on February 18th, and here are some photos of all of the work that I created during my residency, laid out in my studio space. It was great to be able to see what everyone had been working on over the 7 weeks we were at the Banff Centre.
These are the pencil sketches I created in the last week. Over 3 days, I made these pencil portraits on gessoed MDF of everyone on the Love residency, plus a couple of members from the 2012 residency, which was taking place at the same time, but who I had hung out with a lot and basically were part of my Banff residency experience. Each portrait measures 6 x 8 in. and has the person’s name on the top and the words “we could be lovers” at the bottom. I’m really happy with how these turned out. I intend to photograph them now that I’m back home and send a print to each person. As much as this residency was about making art and developing my work, the thing I took most from this experience was the friends that I made and this work was meant to reflect that.
It’s going to definitely take some time to get back into things here in Vancouver. I already miss everyone a lot, but good things are on the horizon. I’ll be adding better photos of everything to my website soon. These are just meant to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to for the last 2 months…!
It’s that time of year again…the Eastside Culture Crawl is on Friday and artists across East Vancouver are busy in their studios. There’s a buzz in my studio block as all the artists come out and tidy up their spaces and put their best work on show. I’m really looking forward to opening my new studio space up to everyone this weekend, as I’ve got lots of space to put up all of my work. Exciting!
There will be new prints for sale as well as small gift items like greeting cards and postcard sets. I’ll also be sharing my space with my Rosy Designs line of illustrations and NicRo Designs.
Remember I’ll be in my new studio at 302 – 1000 Parker Street. The Crawl hours are Friday November 26 (5-10pm), Saturday November 27 (11am-6pm), and Sunday November 28 (11am-6pm). I hope to see many of you there!
In the meantime, here are some photos of my set up… See you this weekend!