a studio, finally
It might not seem like much, but for the past nine years I have been working out of bedrooms, kitchens, basements, parking lots and dumpsters. Recently, I joined Akin Collective renting a studio space for some portfolio building and small projects. It’s been a gradual start, and although this location is temporary, it’s starting to feel familiar and comforting. In a couple of weeks, the artists here will be relocating to different Akin locations across the city - I will be moving to an older space that will feel more industrial - and I can’t wait.
In addition to the new space, I purchased a new Heavy Duty Singer sewing machine (model 4423 for those wondering), and a secondhand Brother Overlock/Serger from a lovely designer, Lindsay. With these two, I can finally begin working on my dream projects - I’ve been hoarding fabric and materials for these projects for ages.
The best part about this new space? It’s proximity to the fashion district. Only a few blocks away, gorgeous shops like Leo’s Textiles are in walking distance. I recently went looking for silks and took my dad, Dolf, with me to show him the neighbourhood.
Thanks to a few generous souls, I was able to pull together some furniture, machinery, materials and light into this space. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on a short film, a collection of robes, some leather accessories… and maybe some surprise projects on the way. Stay tuned.