As I planned my recent transition from bookbinding to fine art, one of the things I was most excited about was rearranging my studio space. It was optimized for bookbinding and box-making, with two large tables set up at a ninety degree angle to each other, one for gluing and one for cutting. I was using my dad’s old drafting table as my computer desk, which felt like such a shame and a waste of a beautiful, old work surface.
I knew that once I made my transition, I would move my drafting table and put it to its rightful use, and I couldn’t wait. When that fateful day came and I rearranged all my tables, I got right to work testing out the drafting table with some pastel drawings.
There is still a little more arranging to do, but I think where the big furniture is now is where it will stay. I’m very happy with this space now and excited to make new work in it. Rearranging my space made the switch to fine art seem more real. I feel more definitively that I’m not a bookbinder anymore, but an artist. I’m freer to make a mess and work larger. It’s an invigorating feeling.
Here are a few more photos of my studio: