Well now – I’ve got myself a London studio!
I looked at it and signed the deal yesterday, so all very new.
Art Hub Studios in the shadow of the Thames barrier. I now have access to every imaginable print process, a darkroom, a ceramic studio and framing!
…….and my Art Hub studios has links with Deptford x and our sister Art Hub Studio’s Gallery at Creekside in Deptford. All good.
I have a lovely second floor solo space in the print studio block. Fifteeen print studios and another studio block over the way.
The studios are arranged around an open plan print studio with incredible equipment – most of which I will have to learn to use and some of which I have never even seen before.
Huge industrial buildings with a workman’s cafe on the corner advertising boxing bouts! Walking distance to the Thames.
It is 25 mins straight drive down the A20 for me and has massive on-site parking.
Really no excuse for me not to use it properly.
A wonderful chance to learn new skills and reinvigorate my practice. I can’t see me ever being a neat, clean printer but am up for using print in subversive ways. At college I did a huge amount of very free mono printing so maybe I will find my way back there…….
Maybe I should start by practising with white emboss. That way I can’t get ink on the blankets and get railroaded out in the first week!
Now I have to hope I can move in before December 5th – when I lose my present studio. I have to wait until they finish refurbishing the etching studio and darkroom before I can move to my new one.
Thank you to everyone who sent me solutions and offered me storage.
A very much happier Franny!