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Last Open Studio.....Ever.

You know how when people describe the end of something, they always say it's bittersweet?  Moving out of my studio isn't.  I'm ecstatic.  I'd move out tomorrow if I had the time.  

There was a point in 2013 when my studio was sharing a small office space in the condo we were renting.  It wasn't really the ideal place to be making a mess.  So when I found a space in our current studio building, I jumped at the chance.  And it made me feel so much more professional, like a real business owner, with a real studio.  Then I quit my job and after several months, I had a good schedule going with the studio.... until the holidays hit last year.  I spent all day, 7 days a week at the studio.  I was never home and my life felt completely out of control.  I have a few things that I need to happen to make me feel like I have control over my life- they are: having a clean apartment, having coffee or tea out of a handmade mug in the morning, and making dinner at home.  And for several weeks at a time last year and this year- none of those things were happening.  

And then one day, about a month ago, Steve and I got this crazy idea to get rid of the studio space (which we share) and move it into our one bedroom apartment.  As crazy as it will be, I was totally on board.  We'll have separation between our spaces which will be nice and I'll be able to work from the moment I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night.  This may not sound appealing, but when I'll be able to make more jewelry, I think I'll be less stressed out about being behind all the time.  I also won't have to have a UPS mailbox anymore because I'll be home to receive packages.  So my day won't look like this: train to gym; train to UPS store; train to studio with a million heavy boxes; work in excessively hot or cold studio all day; train to home; sad attempt at making dinner.....

I know I'll have to deal with some feelings of not being professional anymore- just another jewelry designer making jewelry at home {insert "she's making jewelry now" song} but I know it's for the best.  Does anyone else work full time at home?  I'd love some advice on the subject!

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Oct 13, 2015

I love reading this. I know the feeling. My current shop is a 40! minute drive from our apartment. If I don’t have the car, it’s 1.5-2 hours by train. I don’t want to complain because are fortunate to have a car in the city, and I am VERY lucky to have found a great shop with wonderful shopmates, but yes, it can be exhausting if I have one tiny thing I need to do all the way down there.

On the other hand, I do the rest of my work: wiring, designing, completing, and storing the lamps in my little corner of my bedroom in our one bedroom apartment. I LOVE being able to roll out of bed, have some coffee and breakfast, then get to it. It’s wonderful. It’s easy to make a mess, so I have to try to remember to keep it neat.

The biggest issue besides keeping it neat is just remembering to get out and see others. I can find that after a few weeks of being home all day wiring, I get a bit nuts. So I would say, try to go for walks until it’s way too cold to. Have breakfast dates with friends, or just go by yourself and observe people.

I hope this helps!

Mikaela

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