This is my favorite place to be. I have been in my new space for awhile now but have to admit, it took me some time to adjust. I've had my own letterpress printshop for a long time but it was never part of my home. It was always separate. I thought I preferred it that way. When we moved in, I found myself hovering around my kitchen after the kids went to school...hmmmm, stalling, perhaps? Perhaps. Needless to say, I put on a few pounds!
I recall way back when, well before the days of husbands and kids, I had had enough of the city and needed out! I picked my single self up and moved out to the suburbs. Everyone thought I was insane. How the heck am I going to meet someone out in the sticks? Sorry, going off topic...that is a different conversation! Anyway...I bought myself a little place which was still 3x larger than my cozy urban apartment, and was in heaven. However, I recall my first days...I puttered around the downstairs and seemed to have a hard time venturing past the square footage I was used to living in. I clearly needed time to adjust.
Alas, I am now in here, my new studio that is, making a mess and feeling at home. I crave the time and cherish every moment! But where do you start when you want to begin again? I guess you start at the beginning!
My world for the past 15 years has been letterpress, so it makes sense for me to avoid that for the time being. Any form of printmaking has to wait. There are way too many areas to explore that deserve their time off the back burner.
With no real agenda, each day, I do my best to push aside my fear of failure, not to mention, my fear of a blank page, and just start making stuff. I come into my studio with the simple goal to make something. Intrigued by a process or medium? Great, try it. I know this will help flush out my many curiosities and cravings. Allowing me to say, "Next!" or if I am lucky say, "Whoa this is cool! Where can I go from here?" Sometimes there are no words at all and I just feel at home. That's a good day. That's a good goal. Great...now I know what to look for.
I am in love with paper. I have spent years holding onto stack upon stack of scraps from my many wedding projects. Ask my incredibly patient husband. He will confirm this. I was convinced I would use them somewhere, someday. But for years, I could never find the time. Once the kids came into the picture, my life was all about completing my deadlines and then taking care of my family. So this is truly a treat! The girls are bigger now and can be more independent. The studio now is not just for me but for us. And whether they are with me doing a project or just doing their homework...they are with me. And that is surely the best part of my day.