This resulted in 'The Longing Series' and today her work has been on show for those prepared to take on the five flights of stairs (alright, alright, I know it shouldn't be a problem - I wasn't even carrying furniture up there!) - not, in fact, in the vast 5th floor space where she has been working until now, but up one more staircase and into the attic. The exhibition space, if you will. A lovely woody, dusty space in shades of moth wing that could have been designed specifically to show off Gemma's prints - a peaceful and somehow intimate haven, with the muted sound of traffic from six floors down and the chatter of Gemma's newest visitors scarcely a floor down, both a world away.
It was an exhibition of two halves - at the top of the wooden staircase, the 'plates' (or furniture, as such storage and other items are more commonly known) were off to the left and the prints to the right. Furniture first. As well as a wardrobe door and a coffee table, the two main pieces of furniture (below) were carved into on three sides with woodcut tools to show images of places the artist would like to be. Even more than is so often the case with printmaking plates, they were beautiful things in their own right. I could imagine people delighted to own such a unique - and of course entirely useful - piece of art.