still learning

Melissa is setting up a studio. She is learning how to do this, as she goes.

There are no pictures this week, as I’ve been gathering information, making drawings and planning. This gives me very little to show for a days work, but like when reading a book, sometimes all you have is what you learned. I find this infuriating, because I like to track my progress, and this means judging how successful a day has been by the volume of my output, be it drawn, made or written.

I have organised a fair amount this week. I have a space (almost) and a plan of the gallery for an upcoming show, which I drew to scale (I’m not in favour of not working to scale, nor plans made in Word) in order to work on the exhibition design. I’ve found a place to have a work bench made, in Mentone. I’ve spent time on forums looking for ideas and recommendations (it’s been all online since Monday, when going out into the world netted several outlets closed for holidays) and spent an age looking at my options for flexi drives, which left me completely confused. (Luckily, I remembered a friend who could help steer me through the mire.)

Along this convoluted journey, (that’s another thing that bugs me, getting side-tracked from my main goal for the day, despite the diversions being ultimately useful! Maybe…) I learned about the benefits ofย  citric acid pickle, from looking at other people’s studios. Actually, that brings me to another point.

I learn best by example; by seeing other people in action. Ben’s descriptions of his studio, coupled with the photos, I found to be really instructive. With luck, following other sidetracks will turn out to be equally informative.

2 thoughts on “still learning”

  1. Hi Melissa
    Did you end up using the work bench place? I’m thinking of getting a bench made and would love a recommendation…
    Karen

  2. They ended up telling me my plan was too difficult for their setup. It was fairly simple by jewellers bench standards, but they do very simple work. I don’t know who else to suggest in Melbourne, but a cabinet maker might be a better option. I have been ogling a ‘proper’ bench at AJS for a while, but at over $500 I’m dreamin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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