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Blair's Studio Build

During the recent Art Trail, artists heard many visitors wishfully lust after their own studio space to create. Here, Blair Fraser shares his very recent experience about building his new studio and contending with Cyclone Gabrielle and rainstorms. It will be on the 'must visit' list for many on next years Trail....


Does the saying "An ill wind does no one, no good" ring true? Well for this story, an ill if not horrendous wind that cracked a huge tree next to my garage and studio, helped us make the decision to put a studio in its place. (see photo at left) An emergency arborist was called as the wind was getting worse and the tree was in danger of crashing through the garage. With it gone, a whole new space opened up. The garage has been a good studio space to work in but in summer it is hot and winter really cold and the cost to line and seal it wasn't worth it, besides the second car has to sit in the drive while I play with clay.


We ordered a kitset from a company in Palmerston North who get the 'tongue and grove' lock together panels from Estonia, of all places. They then transport it to you. But in our case, they took it to the wrong address. It was quite an ordeal to get it back and up to our place. Another story!