Really visualizing what I’m working toward has been such a huge part of my process as I’ve worked to grow as an artist. From the very beginning, my vision was to move into a light and airy space where I could paint and also show my work. This week, I’ve finally realized that vision!
When I was just starting out, I was thrilled to get my little 300 square foot studio and ship things from my parents’ kitchen table. They were so generous and good natured about my stuff being everywhere! And it was great to get to see so much of them. My mom would come home from her job and sit and eat lunch with us. It felt really cozy and supportive, and was exactly what I needed to get things off the ground.
But it also had its drawbacks for everyone… my dad would forget we were coming and have to run upstairs in his pajamas. People would be coming in and out all day, and everybody had keys, so my mom never knew who would show up at any moment. And, seriously, my stuff has been all over their house for years now.
Their kitchen table was a great place to start, and I’m so grateful for the support and opportunity they provided, but we’ve definitely outgrown that space. As things really started to take off a couple years ago, I was able to hire someone to help out, which has been amazing! But it also added another body to an already crowded kitchen. Now, things have grown to the point where we’re looking to hire a second person, and that meant it was time to find enough space for all of us!
So, over the past year, I looked and looked and looked. I needed to find somewhere that felt inspiring. I looked at so many commercial spaces that just didn’t feel right for me as an artist. I didn’t want a space that felt industrial and impersonal. My dream has always been to find a space that’s welcoming and airy and open. And, of course, with the number one requirement that I could bring a dog!
And I’ve finally found my dream studio — in an old house in Greenville, over a design studio. It’s 900 square feet, has tons of storage space, and is the perfect space to eventually serve as both a studio and a showroom. (Opening up the showroom is still a ways down the road, but it’s absolutely part of my vision).
This feels like such an amazing start to 2019. It has me inspired and energized for the year to come. With enough space to hire another person, I’ll be able to focus on new projects like expanding into textiles and hopefully (eventually) ceramics. I’ll also be able to take on my goal of picking a different city to visit every single month. Travel is such an inspiration for my work, and I’m so excited to meet with other artists, designers, and people doing amazing work in other cities!
We’ve got a long way to go before we can invite people into the space, but I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s a dream come true to have everything under one roof, and I love the idea of being able to open my studio and connect with more people one on one. Online sales can feel impersonal, and I want every piece of my work to find a home with someone who feels welcome.