So! This happened last year, I opened my own store in Barcelona…
I have always manage to work from home, in my very tiny but always special studio but on 2016 I became a mother and of course I gave my super special studio space to this amazing new human.
Home was not a safe place to work anymore, I use a lot of sharp instruments and I am very messy when working so I needed to move my workspace out. I was looking for a co-working space close to home but all the spaces I found were so small ( I have three ovens, 4 printers, 1 scanner, and a lot of stuff ) and so I found this tiny space , 5 minutes walk from home, small, manageable but was in a very bad shape.
The space is very tiny and it had a lot of drywall and layers of different ceilings. We took everything down, painted everything in white, and the biggest discovery was this amazing ” Volta Catalana ” a feature found a lot in Barcelona’s modernist architecture. I wanted a very minimal and place with a lot of personality with a more industrial feeling that the space already had.
There were three very intense months, opening a store with a 6 month baby can be very stressful but I have to say that it was all possible thanks to the amazing help of my family and friends.
I wanted this, to be a place to show my work, to experiment, to meet new people, to get out of my comfort zone. It was much more than a showroom of my work, it’s was place where really amazing things have happened.
I felt great coming here everyday, taking care of all the small details, very relaxing.
After two years, I realized I needed a change. I was not enjoying the crafting process, the management was all to much just for me there is so much work, I felt like a needed more space to just create! I’ve manage to work freelance all my professional life, and I have to say, it does not get any easier, specially after becoming a mother.
When I see a place like this, a place that I never imagined I would ever have, I understand that it’s all worth it.
For the opening week, I had the posters printed to give to the first customers, they made a great brand souvenir.