The ventilation switch was flicked!!!
A few minor adjustments are needed to keep the carbon contained !
Here’s a photo of Nick (Mel’s partner) testing out the new ventillation system that he’s kindly created for us. It’s built with an elevator fan (very quiet – you could use a vacuum cleaner setup just as effectively if noise wasn’t an issue….send us a comment if you want more info on the experiments that have been done on this) and a container of activated charcoal to filter out the metal/solder fumes. We’ll probably come up with a more elegant fastening mechanism in the longer term, to allow movement and also to make sure that the air isn’t drawn through our breathing space….I think it looks a bit like the head of a snowman with a top hat on, wearing a high, orange coloured neck piece (yes – that IS a ‘modified’ traffic cone)…………NOW – stay tuned for images of what our soldering area looked like AFTER the power switch was turned on!!! You guessed it, there wasn’t a lid on the top and the fan blew the tiny bits of charcoal all over the studio….mmmm, slight design modification required – but the concept seems sound – YIPPEE, we’ll have a fantastic and quiet system very soon!!!!!
We officially launched the space last Wednesday night, along with opening night drinks for Emma Fielden’s exhibition of beautiful work! It was a great night and Mel and I both spent the next few days justing getting over the whole thing. It wasn’t until after it was ll over that we realised how exhausted we both were……One of the things we learnt, was that our tiny space doesn’t hold alot of people at one time!
Sunday – we met Emma at the studio to setup her work (and totally reorganise the studio at the same time!!). The sun was shining – we’d forgotton what it looked like!!! Here she is putting up her gorgeous ‘Pin sketch’ works, made from buffalo horn, ebony and gold. While at my bench, my little miss Tilly, who turned 4 recently, focusses all her attention on filing on a piece of perspex.
We outsourced the separate components for our new display drawer units….. a few dramas….but they arrived on Friday. Friday night and Saturday and Saturday night, and early Sunday morning was spent painting them….. Alot of painting was needed. MANY THANKS to Nick and Luke for their tireless efforts – it was a bit of a marathon!
Here they are being installed into the studio space. We’ll be able to display alot more work now – and won’t have to tackle with so much dust on the work!
BK’s off to Japan!!! Poor Mel, I wish I could pack her in my suitcase. I booked the flight today. Am looking forward to Tokyo and discovering all the art galleries and visiting Deux Poisson Gallery. Was at an artist friends place for a bbq on the weekend and Daniel Goettin was there (he currently has a wonderful show on at Connie Dietzschold Gallery)…turns out he is a big fan of Tokyo, so I have a very long scrawled list of places to see, things to eat, and trains to catch (happy for more ideas from anyone out there)……am very excited, but before that we have our BIG LAUNCH of Studio 20/17 —– lots to do!! Mel and I discovered the difference between normal glass (green tinge) and Star Fire Glass today (much clearer and more expensive)….we now have to decided which one to get to put in our drawer units that we’re having made for the gallery space (do we want all the work to have a slight green tinge? Will anyone really notice?)……….fingers crossed they’ll be ready before the Launch and Emma’s opening!
We realise we’re in a fabulous location and that there are lots of wonderfully creative artist/designer/makers out there….so we’d like to offer our space for exhibition of your gorgeous and adventurous work………we’re putting out a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for exhibitions of work for a few exhibitions each year (we’re still nutting out how many we can deal with…argh, the admin!!! – we want to make our own work too)!! The people that wander in and out of the Danks St Arts Complex are an interesting and fascinating bunch, either interested in the arts, artists, or involved in the arts in some other way. Whilst we realise our space is a small one, it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase your work to this audience. So, for anyone interested , please drop us an email at studio2017(at)optusnet.com.au, and a couple of images of your work you and we’ll send you out some info….
Mel’s been busy, there’s a new married metal bangle design that’s appeared on one of the plinths…I’ll take a photo of it next time I’m in the studio. Today I picked up our work that has been in the Powerhouse shop for a couple of months as part of the Diana exhibition – we had both sold a few pieces which was great – and we now have more work for the studio (and to send to our outlets) – yippee!
– here’s the picture of Mel’s bangle!
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