The Studio is large and open plan. Together with the residency rooms, it occupies all of the second floor double-height attic of the house. It is used daily by Nina Rodin but as it's T-shaped there is in effect a corner for each of the artists using it at any one time. There is a large amount of storage so that the floor can remain relatively uncluttered. There are a number of tables that can be assembled or put away as needed.
There are now two 4m long walls on casters which can be used both as room dividers and/or to paint on. The studio is lit by the equivalent of 2600W of low-energy daylight neon tubes so that it should be possible to keep working at night. There are now also two lights (one 500W and one 1000W) with tripods for photography or other specific lighting demands.
There is a good Wifi signal throughout the house with an Airport Extreme boosting the signal in the studio.
The floor is spill proof and grey. If artists wish to make a mess, there is additional grey floor paint and white wall paint with which to cover their worst at the end of the residency.
The studio is electrically heated and warm even in winter. There is also a functional wood burning stove to cosy up around after a long day's work.
All the furniture in the studio (including an old modular sofa) is easily moved around so that the studio can also be used for exhibitions or events. Equally this allows artists to build a working environment that suits their needs of the moment.
Because the studio has all these corners, it's quite hard to photograph. Here are some snapshots of parts of it.
A small corner of the studio next to the Jura room.
The corner with the printer and digital cutter leading
to a storage space. Nina's desk near the kitchen.
On the right is a part of the mobile wall screening
the studio from the kitchen.
A resident working at the 3m long adjustable desk.
A resident in the south east corner of the studio
which has been divided in two by the mobile wall at a
time when both residents wished to work near a window.
An old photo of the studio (before the floor was painted).
The wood-burning stove which is effectively exactly
in the middle of the studio can be seen on the left.
The south-west corner of the studio now has a
fixed vertical wall straight under the window. This is where
I have been working for more than a year but perhaps I should move?
The sofa, here shown near the flowery stove.
But it often goes walkabouts, sometimes one unit at a time.
But it often goes walkabouts, sometimes one unit at a time.
In terms of printers, there is an Epson Stylus Photo PX700W printer/scanner/copier which can print straight from cards and USB stick. I use this printer for daily bits and pieces. There is also an Epson Stylus R2400 which runs on Epson Ultra Chrome K3 inks and can produce borderless A3 prints or print banners. I have a large variety of media for purposes of experimentation (from Epson's own papers to Sommerset) and am very interested and relatively knowledgeable about printing generally. If you plan large runs, you may want to think of bringing specialist paper with you. They can be ordered and delivered quickly from within Switzerland but well, the Swiss Franc remains the most overvalued currency in the world, at the time of writing. There is now also a small, old but functional B&W laser printer.
The residency also has a Black Cat craft cutter which can cut paper (the less fibrous variety works best), thin card and vinyls from an adobe illustrator or other vector file, precisely and to almost any shape. Again, you are very welcome to experiment. The running costs are blades and cutting pads but that only becomes relevant if you use it for several hours.
There is small A5 wacom tablet, which is 10 years old now but still very nice to use.
I use photography a lot in my own practice and have started to experiment with filming and editing. I have two Nikon bodies and a number of Nikon lenses: wide angle, zoom and macro lenses. There is a remote control for the cameras, an external flash with a flash arm and also a basic but tall and versatile Manfrotto tripod which can be set at 90 degrees, with a basic but steady head. There is also a grip for the tripod head which makes it possible to fix a camera to the rafters.
Books, screens and other interestsI am very interested in artists books, have made some books in the past and have some tools and materials for that purpose. If you are interested in using the residency for learning about or developing artist's books, please let me know as I am considering acquiring a vertical plough.
Similarly there are a number of projects using screen-printing in the pipeline and I have started to look into ways of setting that up in the studio. Any interest and input will be very welcome.
I can't stress enough that I am always very interested in learning about and experimenting with new techniques so if you have a specialty you wish to bring to Trelex, I am open to acquiring new equipment in exchange for lessons in how to use it. Someone mentionned pottery to me once... Have never done any but why not?
Tools:- a large, old-fashionned but wonderfully sturdy overhead projector
- AEG router
- basic jigsaw and handheld electric sander
- a power drill with hammer mode and a cordless makita drill and screwdriver set with a full box of bits and drills, countersink etc...
- nailgun, glueguns
- old Bernina sewing machine which does the basics very well. No programmes though!
- and a new Bernina which I have never used yet.
- a guillotine and a rotary cutter (A3 max)
- three-legged sturdy fold-away easel, a number of glass palettes, professional turps containers
- a toolbox of basic household tools and a large variety of fixings
- rulers and cutting mats, measuring tapes
- canvas pliers and staple guns
... suggestions always welcome
There is really too much to mention here. The point rather than a list is that you are likely to find stuff to experiment with and a chance to try new things. It's worth mentionning that I have a large roll of cotton duck canvas, a number of stretchers, a variety of paper (plus tracing paper, acetate). I have loads of leftovers from previous projects of acrylics, pigments, gouache, watercolours and a selection of pastels (oil and dry), coloured pencils, alcohol based markers etc... for residents to play with. So don't pack your entire studios - leave space in your luggage allowance so your can take your artwork back with you. And don't hesitate to ask ahead of your arrival about specific materials. After a large international move, I have a lot of packaging that I have kept.