Studio – creative spaces for creative people
Over the winter I’ve been making a few changes to my workspace, to reflect how my life is moving on now my caring responsibilities are decreasing. Craving light, I’ve moved out the pine table, and replaced it with a plain, white Ikea desk.
In the midst of my titivating I was delighted to be asked to review the newly-published Studio by Sally Coulthard.
Sally’s subtitle is Creative Spaces for Creative People. After more than twenty years of working from home I know that it really does help with productivity to have a workspace you enjoy and want to spend time in. The gorgeous photos in this book illustrate how different personalities and occupations create very different spaces.
Amongst many others there are sleek, monochrome studios and colourful workrooms stuffed full of materials, an artist’s shepherd’s hut with a tiny woodburning stove, and an upcycler’s workshop, built from discarded pallets and fence posts.
Whatever your style, whatever you do in your space, there is plenty of visual inspiration here, plus tips on finding items and planning your studio. And along the way you’ll pick up hints on how other people work and organise their business that you might be able to apply to your own circumstances.
Studio would make a wonderful present for anyone setting up any kind of workspace, not just for creative work. Or for someone who feels their current workspace is a bit stale, and that some changes would enhance their productivity and enjoyment of work.
For example, as I restart my working life and ponder new possibilities, I’m drawn to the freshness of this bright, white space with lots of colour that artist Lisa Congdon created in what used to be a detached garage:
(Photos from Studio by Sally Coulthard, published by Jacqui Small)