So, after six years in the Hidden Lane, the time has come for a change. Finch & Fouracre has moved to The Whisky Bond!
For those that don't know it, if you're familiar with Glasgow you may still recognise it. It is a massive red brick warehouse that sits on the banks of the canal next to Speir's Wharf, and can be spotted quite easily from town and parts of the west end. It was built in the 50s as a bonded warehouse for whisky, not long after became a mushroom farm, and then lay derelict for years. It's now been converted into studio spaces, and Glasgow Sculpture Studios occupy the bottom three floors of the building. Two more floors have recently been renovated, and I'm lucky to say one of the new studio spaces is now F&F HQ.
I've loved being in the Hidden Lane, and being part of the community there. In my time in Finnieston, I've witnessed the area go from a scruffy student neighbourhood into Glasgow's most trendy district, which has been quite a thing to see. I think the Hidden Lane has contributed to that, with so many artists, designers and makers based there. I've met lots of lovely and talented people, and of course been part of the Hidden Lane festival. The workshop has been home to Finch & Fouracre from our early fledgling days, and served us very well. It is with a certain amount of sadness that I move on.
However, as you can probably tell from these images, I was definitely outgrowing the space I had there. I'm glad to say that business has been good, but it was getting increasingly difficult to manage projects with nowhere really to put models, and constantly having to shift stuff about to get a little bit of space to work in. My new space at the Whisky Bond is a fair bit bigger, so I've got room to spread out (and more room to mess up....!). I moved last week, and my dad generously came up to help construct work benches - I'm particularly excited about the one on castors!
So a new chapter starts. Wish me luck!