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…

14 thoughts on “space to work and play

  • November 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm
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    wow. super organised!! I feel ashamed when I think of my piles and piles of unfolded fabric!

    Hope you are settling in well to your new home! :o)

  • November 16, 2008 at 11:25 pm
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    Wow! Fantastic workspace. Enjoy!! Ditto, I hope you’re settling in well.

  • November 16, 2008 at 11:47 pm
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    What a great space and what fun moving to Tiree (sorry bit slow) took me a while to realise that you were moving!! Hope you like your new life and good luck

  • November 16, 2008 at 11:54 pm
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    I’ve really been looking forward to this post. I’m glad you have got organised so soon and settled in to your new home. I await sea view!

  • November 17, 2008 at 12:02 am
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    What a wonderful space for you! Even if it doesn’t stay organized it will be a nice haven to escape to and produce wonderful works of art!

  • November 17, 2008 at 12:31 am
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    Lovely space :D… now just go pull out 2 boxes and tip them on the floor… that’s far too tidy to work in!!! lol

    Still find it really strange to see you mention Kendal;))

  • November 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm
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    well, stunning, i’m jelous, so organised! Don’t forget to take a photo in a few weeks when it’s not so organised, just to make me feel better!
    Enjoy!

  • November 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm
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    Lovely space you have there … I dream of oneday having a room just for my creative stuff … and with a seaview too! How lucky you are … enjoy your new space 😉
    -Gail X

  • November 18, 2008 at 10:23 am
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    What a great place to work! Have put me to shame and am tidying up my studio as we speak! Hope you really enjoy Tiree. We live in Beauly near Inverness and you are the only other person In Scotland doing textiles 1 that I have come across.Welcome to Scotland!

  • November 18, 2008 at 11:26 pm
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    Very, very nice!

  • November 25, 2008 at 9:47 pm
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    What a greta spce to work in! very envious. Hope it feels like home.

  • November 30, 2008 at 9:42 pm
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    Wow what fantastic organization.
    And you can see the sea!
    I am jealous!
    Cx

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