Messy bench or creative space?
Time to end bench shame! Here it is, in all its glory – my bench mess! Or as I would prefer to call it, “organised chaos”. Or is it a “creative space”? Some artists don’t want to show their work spaces as they feel ashamed of the state of it. Well, the mess is a natural occurrence among most (not everyone!) creative people. It’s something to do with how our brains work and the way we work best, I think.
My bench is situated in a spare room in the house at the moment, in anticipation of my own “proper” workshop that will hopefully materialise in a building in our back garden, later this year. The current studio is a compact space and I have a lot of stuff to cram in, so this is what it’s like most of the time. However, I know exactly (well, almost!) where everything is, and I take care not to loose precious stones and metals, by storing them in a safe place. Sometimes the mess makes me feel distracted, but a lot of the time it also gives me new ideas. So, until I have a new space, this is it! As I said, I hope to have a workshop with a small gallery space so that I can easily meet clients here, to talk about commissions, or just for anyone who wants to come and see what’s in stock.
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