We needed space to house 5 tons of woodworking machinery, my 5M textile printing table and our 3 small, but growing, sons.
SO…we bought a ramshackle, virtually roofless, disused 1920’s hydro-electric station in the middle of a forest in the Massif Central, like you do.
10 years later and we are still renovating our buildings!
David managed to get the roof on in 2005 and since then we seem to have been chopping wood to keep the rayburn going, helping our children with their homework and installing the odd bathroom when David got a good commission or I had an exhibition project.
It’s been pretty hard as we’ve done everything ourselves, but very rewarding and now, although not entirely finished, we are comfortable and enjoying solar heated water in the summer. This year too we have finally built our long planned for wooden deck over the old canal into the building, so we can better enjoy our beautiful woodland surroundings at tea breaks.
10 years on, the children are older and speak French much better than us.
I finally have the time to get down to my own design work again.
ZUTusine have taken the plunge and launched their new phonecases and luckybags on ETSY. Design duo Charlie and David Arnold of ‘David Arnold Design’ are combining their longstanding textile and woodworking skills to produce a range of small handmade contemporary products at their ‘Electric Factory’ base in central France. As well as their existing range of recycled rubber phonecases and large, urban tote bags, plans are in the pipeline for larger ipad cases, rubber topped coffee tables and wooden flat pack christmas trees.