This week I'm giving myself a rest so instead of giving a review of an exhibition I've seen here in London, I'm opening up my own creative space to you to share with you where I work, what I have on display, what I'm working on and chances to come and tour my workspace for yourself.
I work in my tiny bedroom which is limiting for obvious reasons. The majority of my art materials live in various sealed containers under my bed which is a sort of slapped together storage unit made from two mattress boxes - my flatmate helped me put them together so I could cut out the front fabric, elevate my bed and have massive storage spaces for all the materials I need. It works but it's challenging too. My room is the width of the length of my bed, if that makes any sense. I also have a wardrobe, desk, chair, 3 bookshelves and a bedside table. It's like living in a walnut!
Because of the cramped space, any sculptures that I do have live on the ceiling, with the biggest sculpture languishing on top of one of the bookcases. I try to keep organised but it does get quite overwhelming sometimes. The majority of my finished paintings/drawings end up either on the walls or leaning up against the walls where ever space can be found. I often fantasise about having a bigger studio space again but that would only work if I was actually successful in my ongoing job search and could afford to move somewhere with more space.....still trying.
At night, all my sculptures and some of my miniatures glow which is quite enjoyable.
I'd happily show off my little creative workspace with anyone interested so please get in touch if you are in London and would like to see what it's like for artists like myself who have to work in tiny spaces. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Above is the main wall of work where I put old and new 2D work, partly to give myself inspiration and also to get it out of the way.
Fibonacci Fold Pod - one of the largest sculptures I have here in London that takes up space on top of a bookshelf.
Above, miniatures in various stages of progress on the top shelf of a bookcase.
Above - at the foot of my bed, one of my mother, Juliette McCullough's drawings and a scattering of my own work, old and new.
Sketchbooks on the floor, the only place other than the bed where I can put projects half in progress.
Above - miniature chairs mixed in with toys, books and jewelry that is part of my bedside shelf/table!
Above, a few ceiling sculptures, drawings/paintings and a viking shield prop that's at the head of my bed.
Above - at night all my sculptures and some miniatures will glow.
If you'd like to visit my tiny studio then please get in touch: email@example.com
Next week I'll be reviewing an exhibition here in London so stay tuned next Thursday at 9am UK time for more.
My name is Franceska McCullough and I'm the owner and artist of Toothpickmoon. I'm interested in blogging about art materials, art events and conducting artist interviews.
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