I opened my studio to the public 2 years ago today. ⠀ ⠀ On Friday at 5pm, I’ll be closing it again in line with Tier 4 restrictions. Whilst this does make me sad, I’m fortunate to have a good online presence established and the best bunch of customers a gal could wish for.
I don't often share the back of the studio, where all the work actually takes place. Back in the summer I did a mini refurb to make more space at the back and create a more defined shop area at the front. I repurposed loads of units and wood, made that big workbench in the middle there (where all your orders are wrapped up and processed) and moved my desk to make more room for stock.
I've been down at the studio this week shifting everything around and making a start on rejigging the space. I pulled the shop area apart and removed the shelving and gallery wall from behind where my desk used to be. I've opened up the kitchen area and spent today creating a new space for my desk to live in front of the mural I painted when I moved in. I'm actually quite pleased with the progress despite the mess.
A few people have asked about the locations for these. This collection was created to inspire some hope for what's to come once lockdown has lifted and we can all travel again, locally or abroad. The photo on the left was shot at sunset in Yosemite National Park, USA. The photo on the right was shot on a road trip around Iceland.
At first, I was pretty lost. I felt that my purpose was gone. No adventure to inspire me, no roaming with my camera. It took me quite a few weeks to realise that there was an opportunity to create a collection that would inspire hope of life after lockdown. The collection was a direct result of how I was personally feeling.
So many of you have been getting in touch to ask about them. I'm very, very short on stock and my manufacturer has temporarily closed their factory. So, once they're gone, it could be quite a while before they're back in stock. Possibly months.
When I posted this artwork as a concept last month, I was closing my website to orders. That post became my most liked, most engaged with ever here on Instagram. A month on and I've re-opened the website to greeting card orders. You guys were so supportive when I asked for your opinion on re-opening, so thank you!!