In June 2017 at the culmination of many life-factors I quit my lucrative and relatively fulfilling day job.
"I want to be an artist" she spake unto the wind, like a buffalo facing the storm. (*snicker*)
With the ever-loving support of my long-suffering husband, a bit of saved cash and gobs of determination I began to build myself a studio. On wheels.
Construction began on August 21st, 2017.
I'll add more photos to the gallery below on rainy (snowy?) days, feel free to check on me from time to time, I have NO idea what I'm doing. Should be a hoot.
A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”
(anonymous woodsman, NOT Abe Lincoln, still a good quote.)
Beginning in May 2017 I started planning.
Much Researching (note the capital R) ensued in the form of book-reading, you-tube watching, sketching and drinking copious amounts of caffeine.
(Working from home was turning out to be pretty great. Also great: Sketchup)
I met some amazing people and volunteered to help with their projects which is 110% the best decision a person can make before embarking on this kind of thing. (Sara is another awesome Alaskan artist, also building a studio on wheels follow her on Instagram @saramakespots)
In fact I met quite a few Alaskans that had built small structures on trailers without knowing there was a movement afoot.
(Turns out some Alaskans really are the most industrious, independent and simple living people.)
Anyway, here we go. More on all that later.
Q: Are you building a Tiny House?
A: If by "Tiny House" you mean a trendy little residence with running water and a composting toilet then no, I am not. If you mean a small, attractive yet functional structure atop a wheeled trailer, well then yes, yes I am. But it won't be replacing my already fairly tiny and efficient home. I'm just borrowing a lot of wisdom from the Tiny House movement to build an art studio.
Q: Do you have any construction experience?
A: I've put together a decent amount of ikea furniture so you know, I know the basics.
Ok actually I have built a few things but never anything this big. You just learn as you go. Also I spent 3 months 'sharpening my axe.'