I have tasted this bittersweet feeling many times before. Leaving a special space where I have been inspired, creative and productive is really hard. Of course I’m excited about the prospects of the future studio: I get to experience a new space, new ambiance and new opportunities. However, leaving my current space is also an uprooting that changes my studio set-up, my gorgeous inspiration wall, and the spot where all of my recent accomplishments from the past 20 months have taken place. This particular space even made it into Uppercase Magazine! I made sure to stand in front of that wall for a long while until many of the memories of my 100 Mile House studio found dear spaces in my heart.I thought it was a perfect occasion to share and reflect about two of my other studio uprootings from the past half decade. Above is my studio during the final year of my Bachelor of Fine Arts studies at ACAD. It was in the back corner of the printmaking department where my beloved animals, drawings and prints exploded on to the walls. The studio space I rented after my BFA was at the Co-op Studio & Gallery, Blackstar in Invermere, BC. It was a great way to transition from being a student into a practicing artist: I was actively involved with an art community that I care about dearly and I also got to spend time daily with a few of my best friends who were also renting spaces. 20 months ago John landed a great radio gig, so my East Kootenays studio was packed up and I moved up to 100 Mile House. It only made sense to leave you with a final shot of my empty studio space. I look forward to sharing a lot of fun and exciting ideas, events and creations when I return to the blog in just a few days… The move starts tonight, wish me luck. Goodbye 100 Mile House. So long my sweet studio.
Although I have been eating super healthy as of late, I must admit that madly stressful times seem to always make my sweet tooth emerge. I felt a little guilty when John & I indulged in some handfuls of sugary delights, but they were a well-deserved reward after all of the hard work we’ve done these past few weeks in preparation for the big move. Let’s be honest: candy has been a sure-fire smile inducer, pretty much since the dawn of time.
The final installment June’s outgoing mail is here today with six more envelopes to share with you (in case you missed out, here’s part 1 & part 2). I have received 5 snail mail packages during these past two weeks and will look forward to sharing that incoming mail with you in the early parts of July when I’m blogging from my new studio! Below are 6 more envelopes that should make you re-evaluate how much fun the mail can be!
I hope you enjoyed the bombardment of postal goodness!!! It was a busy month of mail art making with my little mail art caddy set up by a large picture window. I will miss writing from that spot, but am also looking forward to organizing my stationery and making some fun packages in a fresh and inspiring space! Have you been writing letters or sending off any parcels recently? Snail mail is the best.