It's been a dream for a long time to have my own space to work. There's only so many times you can go into your family kitchen and find that your latest masterpiece has been put in the cupboard.
It's been 3 years now since I've been working from home. As easy and relaxed as it sounds, it certainly has it's down days. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and I'm incredibly privileged to be able to be doing it, but the next step of my career was to have my own office / art studio and, as of November 2018, that next step arrived.
Me and my dad wandered around our village in the hunt for an unused, random and somewhat awkward space that I could rent. It's bizarre how many rogue buildings you can find when you're looking for them. We came across a gorgeous Annexe which had a to let sign outside and within the next 2 hours, we were inside viewing it.
Skip forward to a week later, the keys were in my hand and the building work was underway. In my first afternoon as the local artist in my village, I had started and completed a canvas.
I was super nervous to sign the dotted line for The Annexe. It's the first proper responsibility I've ever had aside from feeding my cats when my mum is away..but i can safely say that having my own little space in the world has made a huge difference to not only my energy and effort levels, but also to how other people have started to perceive me and my work. Being the kid that works at home and makes silly videos online was never really understood by a lot of people, including myself! So to have a legitimate space where people can come over, hang out and feel relaxed is such a great feeling.