An artist since 2013, the 40-year-old never had a designated workspace before last summer, instead plying her trade “anywhere and everywhere” that had enough room to build and store art.
In recent years that meant her family home — more specifically, a tight, 100-square-foot bedroom intended to be a play space for her daughter. From a financial perspective, Barber says it made sense because studio rents ballooned during COVID. But from a working standpoint, not so much.
“When you’re an artist and work from home, there’s no boundaries. Your work spills into different rooms, it takes over your home,” she says.