CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION - WHERE'S YOUR SPACE?
By Ruth Thorp Studio, Apr 2 2013 09:49PM
Although I have been quiet lately, I have actually had some very exciting creative weeks and am feeling hugely inspired. After spending a week in beautiful sunny Pembrokeshire with my parents in their new barn conversion, I am having to gently ease myself back into 'real life' and I'm hoping that my productivity levels will remain.
There is something magical about Pembrokeshire that just seems to spark my creativity. I always feel inspired and productive there. A walk along the beach is a sure fire way of letting my brain empty of any worries, doubts or frustrations, (feelings that I'm sure all creative people are familiar with) and in turn free up space for becoming creative again. Last week, the weather was beautiful with blue skies, sunshine, and sparkly seas, although as all of you in the UK will know, it has also been extremely cold so apart from a daily walk on newgale, we actually indulged in spending most of our time inside. I am particulalrly lucky to have such a gorgeous home to live in when I'm there which is so important for the creative soul. The large table in the kitchen located at the centre of the open plan barn is my favourite spot for working with lots of space, natural light, easy access to food and connected to everyone else in the household. So it was, that last week I started a very exciting project with my very talented sister who has written a children's story book after being inspired by one of my illustrations, and I am now in the joyful process of fully illustrating and laying out my first children's book. I can't say much more that that at the moment, but it's turning into something pretty special, and we are all very excited about it.
So thank you Pembrokeshire for freeing up my mind and to mum, dad, Luke and Sarah for inspiring me to start this new project, for all the amazing food and support and for creating such an inspiring space for me to visit. It certainly is the best holiday home anyone could wish for!
As for you guys, where do you feel creative? Is there a specific place that you feel particulalry inspired? Do you work in the same spot or mix around to have a change of environment? I'd love to know your thoughts and if you are experiencing a period of time lacking in inspiration or finding it hard to feel creative, maybe it's time for a change of scenery. How about popping out for a walk in the park, working in a local coffe shop or meeting up with other like-minded creatives to share your inspiration. And if that doesn't work, why not book a trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire, a shameless plug, but I know of another lovely creative space that is available for holiday lettings. Check it out here!
Fabulous, Ruth! Wishing you good luck with your new project. It sounds like fun. You're lucky to be able to work with your family. You're absolutely right, a change of scenery is a great idea, and I can't wait to have really nice, warm weather and spend some creativity time in the park. Beautiful Pembrokeshire is a bit far for me, but The Old Coach House is looking gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)
Thank you so much for your lovely comments Daniela. Yes I feel very lucky to be able to be creative with my family. I've been wanting to do a lovely project with my sister for a long time and this is just perfect so I'm very excited. Ooh walks in a warm sunny park sounds fantastic. Really hoping this cold weather is going to go away soon and I can stop wearing hundreds of layers. Thanks for the kind words about The Old Coach House too. My parents will be chuffed! Hope you are feeling creative and having a good week. :)
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