The first time I went into my new studio, I saw myself working in front of the two south facing windows. Later I pictured a vaulted ceiling, with recessed lights a ceiling fan and a wood stove. The walls white, the space warm with bright lights. And it was empty, except for a table with my sewing machine on it, pristine, I didn’t even see a chair for me to sit in.
Then the work began. Like all the things I see in my mind, when they come into the physical word, they change. The cost in labor and materials of a vaulted ceiling didn’t make sense anymore. Even heating it would be more expensive. So the plan has changed. Now I’ll have a cozy low ceiling easy to heat with electric baseboard. I’ll still have my white walls and bright lights but without the mess and inconvenience of a wood stove. Now in the winter I’ll be able to go to work without having to wait an hour or two for the studio to warm up. And no wood stove gives me more space and less dust and dirt (oh how I hate to clean). I’m sure Freida will miss it more than I will, but I’ll bring her bed and she’ll adapt as she does.
Today, when I saw the work Ben did for the first time, I got a bit nervous. Once again I tried to picture myself working in front of the windows. Once again I could see my work table, but that’s as far as it got. When I thought of working I could only see myself in my old studio, surrounded by my familiar boxes of fabric, my chair, desks, sewing machine and iron, even the dust and cobwebs. This morning at the Central House with Nancy and Mandy, I told them I was born in my studio. I felt the tears come. It’s were I began becoming who I am today. It’s all I know. I know it’s ridiculous to think my work has to do with the place and I couldn’t work without it, but that’s just what I was thinking. That I won’t be me without my Studio Barn, it’s a part of my identity as an artist. It’s me an my Studio Barn.
Who knew the attachment went so deep. I guess I’ll just work on it. Picturing myself in the new studio. Watching the progress as it comes together. Being a part of the process by painting it and working on the windows (the eyes to the soul). Then moving in, making it mine. I’ll have a ceremony in the Studio Barn, blessing it and cleansing it and thanking it and saying goodbye.
And then I’ll find out what it’s like to work in my new studio and adapt as I do.