Studio Visit: Clump Collective

In this series, Siavash, one of our Rife Residents, visits creatives around Bristol to see where, and how, they work. First up in this video is CLUMP, an Ashton Vale-based music video collective.

Creatives often get asked about their influences, their style and their message. What we don’t hear asked is: how did this actually get made? Where did you go to work on it? What tools did you use? Who helped you?

Grabbing your laptop and sitting in a café for half a day is different to locking yourself in a room with no distractions, which is different yet again to having the luxury of a studio and the freedom that comes with it. How, and where, we work, what tools we use and who we like to be around can have as much of an impact on the work we make as anything else.

Projects will often just pop up as if out of nowhere, with no sign of where they came from. It’s a shame because, as you’d expect from creatives, how a project comes together can be as fun, exciting and original as the final result itself. Nobody shows this more clearly than CLUMP Collective, a music video collective based in Ashton.

Having formed over lockdown, they’ve turned a space that was once filled with washing machines into a studio packed with props, green screens and roller skates. Between five of them they cover a huge range of skills ranging from making costumes and textiles, to illustration and videography. I wanted to drop into their studio to see how they’ve managed to make a space that can do all of this and how they work together.

Getting to see how CLUMP work with each other and with bands in their space was a really fun experience, but I was also trying to make something that would be useful. Starting out as a creative, it can be hard to find a way of working that fits you.

A lot of us start out working from our bedrooms or kitchen tables but when our passion project turns into our job. Getting ourselves set up with the space and set up to go professional isn’t something we always have the time or the money for. By showing how CLUMP have set up their space, I am hoping to give a sense of what a creative space can look, and feel, like for everyone watching as well.

Whether it’s your bedroom or a fully-kitted out studio, what does your creative space look like and how does it affect how you work? Let us know by heading over to our social media channels!

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