As we are working long hours at the studio at the moment I thought I would post a snapshot of my plan-chest and my desk. We are photographing stock for the shop as well as working on plans for several new projects, writing articles and blogs and generally dashing about.
The vast gnome poster was purloined from a local clothes shop in Bath and cut down to size to fit my wall. Like them or loathe them this does make everyone laugh when they come in to the studio. Anyway, I thought as I'm not entirely in the mood to talk about gardens or gardening today and this is my daily view I would share it.
At the moment there are three of us working here: Louise Billington (an inspiring and creative business coach - very handy to have onsite!) and my own dear him -indoors Kingmonkey Media who has just finished my website at Bath Garden Design.
The Orchard Studio is actually a space between two buildings which has been converted. My neighbour Bronwyn Williams-Ellis is a hugely talented tile maker and ceramic artist. She has a huge working space for her kiln and her vast collection of tools and books and her drawings and other works hang on the walls. I love going in there for our daily chats.
On our other side we have Paul O'Connor and his incredible photography studio, someone always ready for a chat about cameras and a pint at the Bell!
We are based on Walcot Street, bang in the city centre and we have our own lovely courtyard garden right outside my door, which is a fantastic bonus in the summer, when I am least here!
The new website is coming along nicely, and I will soon be able to reveal the beginnings of it! The stock is piling up and I'm having to keep telling myself I cannot keep any of it! I bought this wonderful Brexton picnic set today. I love it. (And want to keep it)
We are taking the idea of vintage gardens and stocking everything and anything to do with gardens and gardening, avoiding the usual array of gardening gloves and soap. Apart from some well chosen pieces from various artists everything will be pre-60's. I can't wait to get it up and running.