Studio fit out
A year or so ago I visited G F Watt's studio, just outside nearby Guildford (pictured) and I find myself thinking back to it often, particularly since I am in the process of building and fitting out a studio of my own.
My new space will include an open ceiling space with three large roof windows allowing uninterrupted north light. The light from these is controllable with black-out blinds. There is, additionally, a window that faces west (and doesn't get direct light until late in the day) which will be fitted with both a diffuser blind and an additional black-out blind. A track system of daylight bulbs and and overhead rail for my LED panel lights will enable working with artificial light when required.
Making use of space over a new bedroom, the studio design includes a high level mezzanine storage area, where completed pictures and materials that are not used day-to-day can be kept out of the way, accessed by a ladder. There will be a separate drying rack, again placed up high, to keep works in progress safe.
The walls will be painted in a warm grey, to minimise unwanted reflected light and there is a good amount of length to the studio in order to step back and view work from a distance.
I'm planning to have a couple of tall units made and put on casters so they can be moved around easily, a large bookshelf and a hanging system to allow me to easily change displays of work on the walls.
Finally, the space is big enough that I will be able to use it for tuition in small groups, which I am proposing to start in spring - click here for more information.
Do you have any studio tips that I should incorporate, or things you wish you had included in your own working space. Let me know!
Watch this space for photographs of the completed studio.
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Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.