During the day we visited 2 work spaces in order to help us see what environment various artists worked in. The two we visited were Fraiser Muggerige’s studio, Please don’t bend and we dropped in on Toby Leigh. The two spaces differed greatly from each other.
The first was a very small studio which was in one room which seemed to be in a house. The studio shared their space with another, making it even more cramped than previously thought. The amusing side to the cramped bit was that he forgot we were coming down we all squished into one corner like a little family in order to hear what he was saying and not to disturb the other party which were working on the other side of the room. We sat for about an hour and listened to him tell us about what he does (mostly book/catalogue design) and how his industry worked. He showed us a couple of projects he had finished such as Catch Me Daddy and the British art show gallery which were of no interest to me but interesting to hear and learn about how they came to fruition. He also showed us various paper samples from book covers, calling some hideous and others cool, in order to show us different types of paper and techniques that could be used on them such as embossing. Muggeridge’s business was somewhat well known and ‘organised’ (an artists version of organised) in comparison to the second studio we visited.
The second studio was comprised of numerous different artists, illustrators and photographers as well as other companies on other floors, I would say the building was more than around 10x the size of Muggeridges’s room. We met and spoke with Toby who was an illustrator that worked under two different names for his two different styles of drawing, Toby Leigh and Tobatron. He told us a little anecdote about his olympic project that gained a lot off attention that was both good and bad. He told us about the importance of having others work around you whether they be from the same or different profession as it can help give a different view on your work and provide opinions that you wouldnt have if you were a work at home freelancer. We toured the rest of the building and saw other companies as well as the facilities which was interesting to see and it was difficult to imagine how they all worked in one building, but it functioned perfectly. Toby’s way of working seemed more relaxed and spacious although the help of colleagues from the same company, such as Muggeridge’s, who know what the brief is would also be an asset in comparison to working alone.
Overall both work systems have pros and cons however I prefer Toby’s way of working for yourself and what you believe in rather than being part of a company where you are somewhat more limited.