The 27th of November seems like a life-time ago. This event fell on a Foodie Friday and although there was torrential rain in Stockport, people still came to help us open our group exhibition, ‘Half-Timbered’ and to see what goes on behind our studio doors.
The event provided a goal and deadline, a definite reason for making that forced me to revisit sampling – something that has fallen by the wayside in pursuit of a well finished product! It reminded me how much I enjoy writing about my work and the important role that plays in reflecting on what I do.
It was also a great way to get to know the other makers at Market Place. We found ourselves popping in and out of eachother’s studio to get feedback on what we were showing. This gave a new perspective and a confidence boost when it was needed most. Building a creative community is incredibly challenging but there is no doubt in my mind that we are definitely stronger together than we would ever be apart.
This was the first time I’d taken part in an open studio event. If you are in two minds about opening up your workspace I’d say, “Go for it!” Although it was a bit nerve racking, I really enjoyed talking about my hats and it was fantastic to see people having fun trying them all on. Thanks to everyone who came, tried on a titfer and those who placed an order. I hope to see you all again at the next open event.