space to work and play

In our new house my office and my art space are sharing the same room; it could also be an occasional dining room and we may sleep in here as well when we have lots of visitors – so I’ve spent the weekend creating that space and I think it will work.

Luckily we also have a walk-in cupboard where I can keep and deal with a lot of the essential but not very pretty stuff to do with accounts and correspondence, so there is space in ‘my’ room for more textiles. One set of shelves is for work and all the rest are for art!

I don’t have all my textile books here yet – we had to leave most of them in Kendal till the next trip back. But I’ve managed a shelf-full, even so! I’ve overflowed into a kitchen cupboard with dyeing equipment but otherwise most of my stash has fitted in here, as well as my beloved filing cabinet, a big table for artwork and the smaller one that serves as my desk. There’s just enough room around the big table to seat six friendly people, and it will also fold down to almost nothing when we need the floorspace for sleeping.

These are the four corners of my new space. Those who know me well will not expect this tidiness to last very long! I’m trying to take in how good it feels to walk into right now, to motivate myself to make a habit of putting away what I take out before it descends into chaos.

Fiona's room

Fiona's room

Fiona's room

Fiona's room

You can’t see it because it got dark before I finished, but the very best part is that when I look out of the window I can see the sea…