The Cassia Grove Studio, Wen Zhengming

“The Cassia Grove Studio” by Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559), China via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

Yesterday I started moving my studio from the little room at the back of the house into the middle room. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but yesterday was the day that the Spirit moved me to move and get on with it. It seemed like a major project because both rooms were full of stuff. The stuff that is useful but looks like it’s not because it is not organised or in context.

I’ve moved the sofa from the middle room into the little room, along with my table loom. It’s  a beautiful wooden sofa with a long cushion, perfect for afternoon naps. The little room looks beautiful and clean now.

Today I’m working on the middle room, at the moment the table in the middle of the room is fully extended and covered in works on paper, boxes full of more works on paper and model making bits, a cutting board, rulers, tape measures … little wooden assemblages. There are large pieces of cardboard, and pin boards stacked against the bookshelves. There are art materials and jars with brushes on the desk, the stool for the desk is stacked with more art supplies. I’m not sure what to do with the bones and small objects that I have used as subjects … do they go in the bin?! Surely not.

I’ll get back to it now and work away at it methodically. Looking at Wen Zhenming’s beautiful Cassia Grove studio for inspiration.



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