Cambridge Open Sudios 2007 is now underway - there are studios open during 4 weekends in July. As my studio isn't open until this Saturday, I took the opportunity to visit other artists' studios. As well as seeing the finished work and the all the working sketches, tools and materials, I find it fascinating to see the buildings where people have their work space. On Sunday I visited a stunning modern artists house/studio, a collection of studios in a warren like building tucked away from "tourist-Cambridge", a redundant church at the end of a shady lane off one of the city's busiest roads, a little gallery in a village high street and a wooden summer house in a garden overlooking cornfields.
My studio was once a Victorian billiard hall, a retreat for the men while the ladies chatted and drank tea. The hall is now divided into smaller rooms, and the glazed porch which overlooked the croquet lawn is now a little corridor behind by studio - I've hung the walls with digital illustrations from the series of GCSE History books I have been working on. There were so many pictures I thought this way of displaying them will show visitors the quantity and diversity of images. A check through my job-sheets confirmed there were 367 pictures which had taken 600 hours work.
Shadows and Reflections – Ian Preece
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