I am currently juggling two studios - I know that sounds
greedy, but... one is the studio I have had since 2007
and the other is a year long artist residency, which I
embarked upon in May this year. It is a much smaller
studio space in a de-commissioned wing of St Vincent's Hospital's
Caritas Christi Hospice for palliative care, in Kew.
There are 7 studios which can house up to 9 artists and
the residency program is run as part of what is referred to as
St Vincent's "mission to the heart". It might seem like a strange
place to choose to undertake a residency - somewhere people
come to die or to seek relief from the process of being terminally ill,
but it is a really peaceful and nurturing environment, and my
studio room as stunning views across Studley Park to the old
Wilsmere Asylum, which is now Wilsmere Estate...
There are lovely grounds for families, staff and artists to enjoy
in the back of the hospice and beautiful manicured gardens
in the front which faces Studley Park Road
I love this second space, as unlike Studio 1, which is filled
to the brim with past and current work, art materials and
my collection of inspirational objects, the Caritas Christi space
is very Zen-like. I've taken only what I need to make the
piece I am working on there - which has up until last week,
been my reinterpretation of a male King parrot after John Hunter.
My work tables....
with "John & George - after John Hunter" in the background
and I just have to add to this post a recent acquisition,
which I photographed in Studio 1 - my beautiful space
above a shop in the Harp Village. These exquisite
antique and vintage laces and embroideries were gifted
to me by some beautiful women in France, who want
to support my 'project' of salvage and reclaimation of
other people's hand-work. I received a 2kilo box of
treasures in the mail not so long ago:
A great place to end this post with this exquisite French Knot
'flowers in a vase' embroidery from c1930. It will be extracted
one day and so will the 3.5 metre long lace table cloth, but
for now, they are points of inspiration, waiting for their time
to shine again in a new form, for a new audience.
Thank you for reading! Louise x