While Michele and her other assistant Ali loaded paintings up to the loft, my job was to sand the edges of these canvas stretchers. The purpose was to smoothen the edges and corners so the canvas would not get ripped. If one was to rub their finger against an edge they'd probably get a splinter. So yes, it's a necessary task. Quite a meditative task too. We didn't have any music so I just had my own mental playlist in my head. I mostly kept to myself while my Michele and Ali talked about things that were beyond my precinct. I'm always like this in new environments. I only talk when I have something to say.
we talked about the entrepreneurship of Blick over Utrecht, and threw around ideas to someday make a collaborative art supplies store as retaliation. I suggested a store run gallery that would both promote local art and the supplies used to make it. By the time that topic had passed I had sanded seven stretchers and three hours had passed. Now was time to stretch canvases.