I’m in the early stages of setting up my own printmaking studio in Margate, my new home. It’s a great little town by the sea on the North Kent coast and I think it will be perfect for running printmaking workshops, both for the locals and for visitors (I’m thinking week-long courses in the summer). I also want a professionally equipped studio for myself where I can make larger linocuts and etchings and get back into screenprinting. And I want to give other artists the opportunity to use the space too, through drop-in sessions with technical support and residencies for visiting artists.
|Another seaside studio – Barbara Hepworth’s|
Overall I want the studio to be:
- Professional and well-equipped
- Friendly and accessible to a wide range of people
- Environmentally responsible
- A focal point for local artists
- Dynamic and open to experimentation
So I’ve been reading up on starting your own business and trying to channel all my saved up Dragons Den attitude. I’ve found a potential location, started building up my mailing list, done a fair bit of research into demand and started on my business plan.
What’s in a name?
One thing I need to sort out early on is the name. This may seem obvious but the name is all-important. It’s got to convey what the studio is all about, be snappy and memorable and not already taken! I’ve been brainstorming and I’d like some feedback on my ideas so far, so please let me know what you think (don’t be shy!) Here’s the list:
1. Sand & Ink Printmaking studio
2. Matrix Print Workshop
3. Linocutboy Studio
4. The Print Station, Margate
5. Margate Print Workshop
I look forward to hearing your views, just add your comment at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to be added to my mailing list for future updates, please let me know. My email address is nickbmorley (at) hotmail (dot) com. Thanks!
|Summer on Margate main sands|