I am thrilled to share news that last Friday 28th April 201, I signed the lease on a new studio at Woodend Mill No.2, Mossley. It’s on floor 3 ½ and sounds so much like it’s from Harry Potter that I have to keep pinching myself to believe it’s real!
A studio is a big deal for me. I have thought about it off and on and then dismissed the idea as fanciful! As an urban sketcher with a particular interest in reportage illustration, a lot of my work is on location, recording things as they are happening but I also do a lot of my colour and lettering work back inside and until now, that has been at home, not ideally suited to painting and sketching from a space, light or professional viewpoint! There are of course lots of other advantages to running my illustration business from a studio. Firstly, I can become part of an Art community with other artists (there are quite a few at Woodend Mill) to interact with and bounce ideas around with. It also means that I will have my own professional space where others can view my work. Finally, it’s a workspace (I certainly need somewhere to put all my materials!) where I can carry out my artwork separately to home. On balance, I think rather than fanciful, it has become a necessity!
About the Studio
Ha, as a true designer does, I have measured up and drawn a plan (not in 3D yet though!), it’s approximately 2.5 m wide and 5.5 m long with a vaulted ceiling and a skylight window that brings in extra light. It is northeast facing with a wonderful view of part of the mill and the surrounding hills. As you can imagine, it has a somewhat industrial feel so that is where my inspiration for the interior design will come from! I have started a mood board (as a true designer does!!….) and will be sharing links to that soon. I will first be sorting out the walls (I will be painting them white to maximize the light) and the floor together with lighting. Other things may have to wait but fortunately I have a few items already. Colour scheme to be decided!
About the location
Mossley is in Tameside Greater Manchester, 3 miles South East of Oldham and 8.9 miles East of Manchester in the foothills of the Pennines. It is an interesting place with a great topography. The name Mossley is thought to date back to the 1300s and means ‘A woodland clearing by a swamp or bog’. I love the dry stone walls and the ‘hill town in the countryside’ feel. I also love the fact that adjacent to the Mill is a canal: The Huddersfield narrow canal, providing yet more inspiration for drawing and painting!
Watch this space for more updates on my studio developments!