...serenity in motion
The backhanded gift of a new studio
I have moved 4 times in the last 3 years. I have changed studios 6 times in those same years; yikes! I had to change because I moved and then lost a couple of spaces due to economics of the agencies involved. I am hoping this one will be for a lasting duration. Every time I move, the layout changes as does the equipment.
Every new space comes with its own challenges and advantages. The most permanent spaces have been connected to where I live but I have found there were distractions working from home. I have also found that when I pay for a space, I am more committed to work in my space. I have lost most of the spaces I pay for; once because it was only a 6 month studio opportunity, once because the building was sold, once because the studio organization went under. Finally, I moved from the last one because I was literally moving to a new town.
Each time I move, it takes time away from my creative time. I am extremely lucky right now. The move helped me financially and since this is the time of COVID, I have time to spare without any shows being scheduled. When you move, consider what the new space has to offer and the costs of renovation/organization. I won’t have to rent this new space but it will cost a pretty penny to update the lighting.
When looking for a new space there are things to look for; lighting, access, safety, security and costs. This place comes with my new home rental and it is a separate building which keeps me from being distracted by laundry and TV. It is safe, the location is very secure and private and comes with locks. These are my considerations so I would recommend you making your own list of priorites for your space.
My other considerations are; ability to access the main hwy (travel access to artshows and supplies), storage capacity for supplies, inventory, and equipment. Ultimately, the cost is the biggest consideration because you don’t want to sacrifice your economic security without appropriate creative compensation. If you can commit your creative time in a place that keeps your costs down, do so. A great space might be romantic, but if you end up spending all of your income on it; you won’t make any business headway.
When you are looking at a new space, keep your head. Focus on the bottom line and remember; when you make money, you get to buy more art supplies! Happy hunting and always keep creating.