Reality has hit, we now have a wonderful old building that needs a lots and lots of TLC . The last few days and nights have been spent fixing holes, removing windows, putting in wall panels and preparing walls for painting.
The 5 layers of old paint had to be removed off a wall in the toilet so Peter armed himself with every tool and gadget we had to get the job done. One grinder blew up in the process and we had to buy a new one to finish the job but at least that job is done. You wouldn't recognise the place now.
This is it, 5,4,3,2,1 hours to go. At last, at four o'clock today I can put the key in the door and open our beautiful, new (really old 1020's) building at 304 Braodway Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand on the start of a really cool adventure into creating and sharing art. Champagne will flow tonight. Cheers
Friday 21st september, at last we have a date for take over of our building for Verdigris Creative Studio.
I guess the wait has been a god send really, it has given us time to have ideas and change them, make decisions and then change our minds, over and over so now we know exactly what we need to do to get this baby up and running. Our vision of being able to provde an art space for anyone who wants to create and share is finally happening so after next Friday it will be full on renovating. You can see from the photos we have our work cut out for us but watch this space....
Today I worked with plaster, nothing out of the norm for me. I wanted to make a couple more torso bases and I had a new project that I had been working on over the weekend that needed finishing. I knew when I started that it would be a messy job but today I underestimated just how much mess there would be. I layed out a large sheet of polythene on my work table as I usually do, got everything ready, put on my apron & gloves and away I went. There was great music playing on my favourite radio station, I was in the zone. I must have spent a good three hours mixing, meshing & trowelling but as I walked back inside after washing my tools for the last time I was horrified. There was a slurry of wet plaster over a large area of the floor in my studio. The curtains and windows hadnt escaped the spray of my plaster brew either, splatter had even reached some of my finished work on another table. Not that it was a great shock that I had made a mess because I usually do but the extent of the mess even for me was quite unbelievable. Needless to say I have retired the plaster until I have organised a place outside to work with it.