For the past two years I have had a rather peculiar problem, my dreams and ideas have been getting quite large. As my small business grows my studio is not. My home cannot house the studio space I need so I have been keeping a beady eye open for the perfect space. There is one place in particular that captured my imagination, not too small nor two large (goldilocks problems), surrounded by woodland that joins to the open heath and has a wonderful community feel thanks to the vibrant adjoining café and flower nursery. For two years I have asked the universe to help me make this happen and the other week it answered in spectacular fashion. The space is mine! It needs some work though (more on that below) but all I can see is how perfect it is and this is why... I want to emerge from my shell and offer small intimate workshops in needle felting, natural dying and creative writing...
This building is the perfect space with just the right amount of room, a beautiful cafe offering tasty bites next door, my very own kitchen space (necessary in natural dying) and a dedicated loo...very important! but above all this I open the door and within a few steps I am in a woodland that has captured my imagination since the day I discovered it.
With glades that brim with scabious and butterflies in the summer months and pathways edged with fly agaric in the autumn. It has always been very important to me that my workshops (when I finally offered them) should have an element of nature and here I can do that in the most magical way. Think arriving for a workshop with a walk led by myself in the woods discovering nature and then returning to tea, cake (cake seems to feature a lot) a roaring fire and a day spent with needle and wool.
Another aspect is that I plan on making a very small but perfectly formed shop space where alongside my cards, prints and sculptures I will be showcasing a few select local artists inspired by nature. But the main focus of this space will be my studio, a place I can cycle to and focus without getting distracted by the dishes or the cat (you'd be surprised how much that happens!)
Just imagine a beautifully imaginative space with a ticking clock, old nature journals and fairytale creatures on the walls all with a story to whisper to those who wish to visit on open studio days.
From outside the space looks like a dream, but like all good adventures those wall hide some obstacles within. Which is why I have created a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the necessary funds to renovate this studio into a warm and welcoming space and make this vision a reality. Here is a link to where you can find more information about that campaign and how you can help: