There hasn’t been much time for art recently because of THIS! Fixing up a store, living space, and the land it all sit on has been very time consuming, though rewarding. My life has pretty much consisted of working on the property and running the business with my partner plus working on my herbal apprenticeship. So not much art has been happening. There isn’t much physical space for it right now anyhow. I can’t wait for the store to be set up though. Then maybe there will be a little time to devote to all the art projects I’ve packed away… For now though, I’ll be more active over on The Bower Studio’s Tumblr and in the off-line world.
The blog has been quiet lately because Isa and I are busy fixing up this property in Western Massachusetts, just outside of Amherst in the small town of Pelham. You’re looking at the future home of The Bower Studio! It was formerly a cafe, but will be transformed into a studio workspace and store front. We plan to feature local and small hand crafted businesses as well as artisans and hobbyists. We also hope to have events and classes in the future, but first we need to focus on fixing up the space and making it our own. One step at a time ;)
The property also has a large yard and house, all of which need some TLC. The overgrown yard will one day be a garden for homegrown herbs (maybe bees eventually) and we plan to live in the house as soon as it’s given a face lift. There’s a separate unit too, which will probably house friends but may also serve as a guest house. We haven’t quite figured that part out yet.
We have big dreams for this store and home, which we hope will begin to be realized in the near future. There’s a lot of work to be done though! And all the while we will be running the business as well. So we are planning for a very busy Summer and Fall!
As we work and as things come together I will be updating with our progress via Instagram. It would be wonderful to be able to open the store before the year’s end, but we’ll see how it goes.
This is an exciting project for us and definitely one of the biggest we’ve ever taken on. You can follow the project on Instagram (which I am very new to, so bear with me while I get used to it) or here on Tumblr, under the tag #pelhamstore
Wish us luck!