The Channel Art Trail with it’s exhibitions and open studios happened over this last weekend. Although my studio is still in a state of “not quite finished”, the builders were very good and vacated for a couple of days so that we could set up our displays. The weather had been pretty awful in the days leading up, and there was mud everywhere, as is commonly the case on building sites.
To enable access to the front door, as the deck has not been built on yet, a temporary catwalk was constructed from old pallets and sheets of flooring, with a door mat either end, it worked very well. The photos can tell you the story.
Pondering the next step
Add a few more pallets and another plank
A little later and nearly to hard ground
And on Saturday the sun came out 🙂
Early morning outside after the clean up
Meanwhile inside a lot had been happening. First the ‘soft’ design wall had to be constructed – a layer of cotton quilt batting glued directly to the styrene wall, and several lengths of heavy curtain lining called bumf (spelling?) which is like a very fine woven but thick flannelette fabric sewn together and stretched down the length of the wall, 7.5m down one wall and 3m on the shorter wall. We tested the strength with a heavy bed quilt pinned with only 3 pins in the top – wonderful, even without the pins it stuck to the wall! Then we covered it over with black plastic so that no plaster or paint would splash on to it.
Here’s some more pictures.
Styrene wall ready for covering
First layer is cotton quilt batting
Multi-skilled builder handy with the iron
Ready for the top layer of bumf (or bumph ?)
Top layer before final stretching and stapling
And we only used 2 cans of glue
Test strength with heavy quilt – only needed 3 pins at the top
Design wall covered with plastic for the plasterers
Cleaning plaster scraps from floor
Happy to watch this paint dry
Looks so lovely and clean
A large empty space full of potential ready and waiting –
First load of boxes arrive
This is outside
And inside – one end for Jen
And the other end for me
Plenty of room for displays
The view outdoors
Some of my collections of quirky teapots and old irons – tiny ones are for lace
And lastly, what it looked like after the removalists arrived – we had to empty the space for the builders to come back at 7am on Monday to get on with the plastering
Removalists moved in
Next morning the plasterers were back at it
Thank you for reading this far, it has been a very long post, there was a lot I wanted to tell you about.
Keep smiling 🙂