The reality is that many of us need to work where we live. Especially in urban environments rent prices are high and space is at a premium. As you are building your audience and artistic practice it is often not cost effective to rent out a separate space for working in.
This is certainly the case for myself at this stage in my career. I love to look at artist work spaces and dream of "someday" but what am I doing in the meantime?
The third bedroom of our townhouse is my studio space. It is not a large room, it measures around 10 by 15 feet. The other function of this space is that it has to be a guest room. The first thing my husband and I considered when we were setting the space up was how to make it comfortable for guests who would be using the space 20% of the year, and how to optimise the space as a studio/office the majority of the year. We decided that a Murphy Bed installed in the closet space was our best option.
While the guest room is set up my studio is placed into rubber bins and moved into the master bedroom against the far wall.
And when everything is set up again as a studio I make the most of the space I do have. I am grateful to have a designated space no matter how small.
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