Featured Artist: Bryony M Rumble
Where is your studio? How long have you had your studio here? and if you share it, what do your studio mates do and how else does working alongside other artists help you?
My studio is on the 3rd floor of the Bussey, where I’ve been for nearly eight years, and co-run for the past 18 months. I share the space with nine other artists (painters, printmakers, illustrators, a performance artist…) The studio was set up in 2006, and the wonderful thing about the space is that we’ve always kept it semi open plan, so it keeps it really sociable, and everyone has good natural light. Not everyone is in at the same time, but it is a really nice environment when they are – I think it’s brilliant having different disciplines in one space, everyone has something different to bring to the studio. It’s also brilliant if you need to borrow some coffee, or an emergency biscuit (or 3) when you’ve unexpectedly run out (or working late, and desperate for a snack)
Tell us about your practice: How did you get into it and what do you love about it? What’s the most difficult part of the process?
Well, I started designing and making weird sculptural costumes at school and was always drawing. I trained as a fine artist; a Cordwainer – where I developed a love for leather work – and then undertook a course in the technical elements of performance at LCF. I’ve been a freelance maker for nearly ten years now, and I love the variety of the things I make. Giant brain hats? No problem. A horse bike? Well, why ever not! Fake concrete shoes for Simon Webbe? Yes. A section of the Berlin wall with a wrecking ball going through it? Sure! Life size elephant puppet? Hang on, I need a bigger workshop…
I think the hardest part is not being able to stop. I’m not very good at having a break, and there’s always just one more thing you could do, especially on your own creations. Or when a process goes wrong or a material isn’t compatible with another material..but it is also important to learn from those mistakes.
How do you feel about being part of the first Peckham-wide open studios as part of Peckham Festival? What is the best part about being part of a wider open studio event with so many other creatives?
I am excited, as we’ve never opened up as a studio before. There will only be a few of us taking part, but I really love our space and think it’s nice to see other creative working artist’s spaces, and although I won’t be able to see anyone else’s over the weekend it’s incredible knowing how much there is around Peckham. Probably more than I realise!
Tell us a secret
When I was in the first year of secondary school, my friend Danielle and cheated at the annual Beetle Drive.
Visit Bryony during the Open Studios this weekend.