How my creative space changed things for me as an artist

When I first turned to art as a sort of therapy nearly a decade ago, I started at the kitchen table and didn’t really have space to do anything. I was constantly having to work around the family, and found that tidying up after every session felt very heavy, and dulled my urge to be creative.

When we moved house, I was so excited to get my own dedicated room for creativity. It was tiny (literally about the width of a desk) but it was mine!

Eventually my artworks grew, and I started to outgrow the space… but it took me ages to commit to a proper studio.

Initially, I had some feelings of guilt around having a space that’s just for me, not the family. I had to shift my mindset to allow me to put my creativity first. I knew I had to take that leap of faith, otherwise I was just going to be stuck at that size room and that size business.

Now I wish I’d done it sooner!

Top priorities while setting up my studio

When I set up my studio, my main goal was more space. My process is quite slow because I have to wait for things to dry, so it was important for me to have enough room to not be constantly tidying up. I even have my ironing board out all the time!

I also wanted to have everything to hand, including all my threads in my organiser on the wall.

The key things I couldn’t live without

My massive desk is probably the most important, because it gives me so much surface space that I can have more than one project going on at a time – like a messy area at one end, and my sewing machine at the other. The huge windows are also really important, because they offer so much natural light that I need while I’m working. 

I’m always thinking about ideas for my work, so the noticeboards offer constant revolving inspiration, and they help keep me focused.

And I have to say, I love my trolleys. Anything on wheels is really useful for a studio – the more, the better! I’m always moving things around to suit me, whether I’m pushing something out the way or pulling it towards me when I need something.

Why everything needs a place

Everything in my studio has a specific purpose. I don’t want to overfill the area, because I want to keep that feeling of space. That’s why I routinely sort through the drawers and get rid of things I don’t need before they get to bursting point!

I can let myself get messy because I know everything has a place. This helps me feel calmer (and more productive).

I like to go foraging and finding things in nature, but I never knew where to store them until I put my print tray up on the wall. I fill it with both textile-orientated things (like old thread reels) and natural finds (like cones and shells) that I find inspiring. When I go out, I’m always on the hunt for treasures to display in the evolving print tray.

My studio has really changed things for me as an artist because I can now create much bigger artworks than I ever could before. And I’ve got the space and freedom to truly enjoy creative play and embrace my creativity.

To view all my available artworks see my gallery page

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