Jamworks and Koli Studios
Jamworks Studio has its origins in South East London where a Victorian coach house which once had a small jam factory at the rear became home and studio for Chrys 1998-2016. An existing warehouse was renovated to suit its new use as a studio. The property proved to be a great place to live,work and be creative. The space and light perfectly housed Chrys’ collection of found treasures, books and print presses; it was an inspiring and practical environment to work in and was easily adapted for exhibitions, open studio events, performances, workshops and life drawing sessions. But the call of the hills and the need to be inside of the landscape became too great and Chrys and Simon have now moved to Somerset, close to Exmoor. The name Jamworks, or the logo at least, has moved with them. Hurstone House is set in an idilic location and benefits from workshops and outbuildings ‘ripe’ for renovation; and best of all, there is an established and thriving creative community already in existence. Open studio events were immediately put in the calander: Somerset Art Weeks 2017. From humble (and muddy) beginnings plans are now underway to make full use of improved workspaces and to invite more artist to join. This delight (and challenge) is added to the much enjoyed ongoing process of establishing the studio and workshop space in Koli, Finland. Life is good, life is busy, drawing and walking continues throughout.