IS YOUR STUDIO READY?

Are you ready to show your studio to visitors? Creating your own sacred space in which to create is essential to your well-being.


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Sacred space does not only refer to those places where we go to worship. A synagogue, mosque or church – or any other space where we worship – is essentially a place where we find equilibrium in a world full of noise, pollution of the senses, and general craziness. We retreat into silence and communicate with our deity of choice.

 

Why not create such a space for yourself into which you may retreat whenever you feel the need. Fill it with beautiful things, soothing smells and calming sounds. If you create things, be it art, music or literature or any of the related practices, such a space will enhance your output.

 

I am ashamed to say that my sacred space has become a bit of a mess over the winter months. I tend to keep the living room warm and cosy and shut off all other rooms apart from the bedroom to which I speed at night to dive under the covers. I use the kitchen for essential food preparation to nurture the body, but tend to eat in front of the fire and the television. Bad habit!

 

However, I’m not sure if you also begin to feel the need to crawl out from your hibernating cave? I certainly am beginning to feel the need to taste the air, sniff the wind and let whatever rain there is fall on my skin.

 

This brings me to my need for getting my studio in order. It is time to start thinking about inviting visitors into my sacred, creative space, but before I can do that, I will have to go through the checklist and see what needs to be done before opening my studio for the season. It used to be called Open Studios in Cyprus, but now we call it art-en-route-cyprus, facilitating tourists' routes so that they may pop into our studios on the way to or from other points of interest.

 

A very important requirement when visitors are invited into your space, is to visualise how they will be greeted, move through your workspace, and view the various stages of your creative process. But, perhaps even more important than the visualisation, is to remember that book of gold: your visitors’ book. Why not create a truly unique guest book? Once you have a list of names of people who took the trouble to visit your studio or exhibition, you will always be in a position to let them know of future activities you plan.

 

Ask yourself why you would like visitors to see your studio. On such occasions when you open your workspace, it is perhaps more important to be the ‘host’ rather than the ‘seller’ – sales will take care of themselves. Another important fact is that you want people to come back for more! Make it worth their while.

 

Image by Sage Sohier.


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