What attracted you to your current workspace?
Central heating and wifi! For someone who perpetually has cold blood, temperature was a serious consideration. Most affordable studios are converted warehouses which are cold and damp. Heating is a luxury! As I was searching for a studio my partner was researching for winter boiler-suits and electric heated vests. There is a limit to how much suffering I will take for my art.
It’s a perfect workspace for an early career artist. It has great natural light, a large window, a view from the third floor where I can people-watch or gaze into the changing sky, and it’s only a 15min walk from where I live in East London.
Does your workspace influence your work?
Yes, stepping into my studio for me is like entering a sanctuary, even with the Hackney views of people putting out the bins. It’s taken a little bit of time to get my space working for me, which impacts the way I work. My bespoke desk is where all my drawing, messy play and admin happens. The mid-century filing unit with its multicoloured trays is not only beautiful to look at but it’s incredibly practical with its roll back door and storage space. I love that the stickers from its original use still bear its mark. The words are in Danish. From what I can gather using google translate the unit hailed from the city of Skagenklit and probably lived in a travel agency.
And then there is my printing press, the jewel of my studio. Manufactured and transported from Germany, this piece of equipment allows me to explore my passion for the printed image by playing with the boundaries of drawing and printmaking. Having this workspace has allowed me to play with materials, scale and quantity of work.
My studio is located in Deborah House with SPACE, a visual arts organisation supporting artists like me.