Creativity and design needs space. Sketchbooks, favourite pencils, gemstones, notes, rulers and gauges, a calculator, a laptop and a variety of other essentials – including tasty snacks! – all need to be to hand for the design space to be a good fit.
Freedom to discover
In my original workshop studio the setup was kept simple with much of it shared between designing and the hands-on creating at the bench. An unconstrained layout that gave me the freedom to experiment and discover how I wanted the studio to work for me.
The most important find was the need for a lot more surface space to get everything out and be able to keep it out. Having to put an ‘in progress’ project away to make space for something else, whether it’s a commission or an idea that I want to explore, can spoil the flow. Being able to switch over and spend a few minutes on a complicated piece, like this Secret Proposal Pendant, to annotate sketches and develop ideas is perfect.
Plus, I just like to pop back and just say ‘hi’ to things 😉
Making the right kind of space
The recent improvement to the workspace now means a much larger surface area and lots of shelves, making it easy to keep the tabletop itself available for everything I want to work on.
It’s still a part of the workshop studio, but it’s now the right kind of space. Delightfully inspiring and cosy, too.
Watch the 60 second transformation here!