I am just now starting to get the new studio unpacked and set up. The movers managed pretty well, all things considered. We have moved into our new home in Deep River, ON, and my studio has gone from 3 smaller rooms in the attic of the Rectory in Cambridge to one nice large room, with extra storage, in the basement of our new home. Here are a few photos of the space before and after I started putting things into it last week.
I guess they posted out of order, but you get the idea. I painted the walls and the floor in this new space the week before our things arrived from the states. Moving in was very tricky-my large light table did not fit into the space, so I have to sell it. It is going to be a great space to work in, however, because I have every table set up with a nice amount of walking space in between.
The movers had the most trouble with the paper cutter. It has a new home now, and is out of the way of other work. My challenge today is to unpack the remaining 45 boxes in the basement and find places for everything. I have 30 cases of paper left, even though I gave away 25 cases of various stock before we left. I could not stand the thought of giving away all the paper I had gotten free, but it is a little overwhelming having all these cases of parent size sheets of paper in the basement on pallets. I plan to build a formal paper storage shelf after the new furnace is installed November 2-3.
This basement is very dry, has lots of light from the existing windows, and a two heat sources-one from the baseboard electric heat and one from the furnace. It will be a cosy place to work once we are unpacked and organized.
I find my creative verve is finally starting to push on my soul a bit. We have been here since September 26, with all out things arriving on October 4-5. The utter madness of trying to live surrounded by boxes and nothing put away really takes it out of you. I feel as if I have been living within an artist's book collage where all the pieces have not been properly glued down! As I have unpacked my tools and materials, I find my heart racing with anticipation of being able to work in the studio full time again.
This move has been a good one for us in more ways than one. We have been able to see to dear loved ones who needed us here, which is most important. Some of the family issues are being resolved and we both believe we made the correct decision to be closer just in time. The new parish for François has been very welcoming to us both and exciting things are already happening here within the faith community.
Although I am a bit overwhelmed with the unpacking, sorting, and getting things put away, I know that God has called us here in her infinite wisdom. All will be well, and all will be well, and with God's Help, all will be well.