I have had 3 studios in my life so far but presently I am based in the old dairy of our family farm in Cheshire.
8 years ago this room had two large metal milk tanks which stored gallons of fresh milk. Now that the dairy herd of cows has gone, it is a cosy den where I spend many hours throughout the week working to commission and for exhibition.
The studio has different atmospheres depending on what time of day it is. I have several lights, some practical, some pretty. Radio 4 and a eclectic collection of music is essential to my everyday working process. I have a variety of heaters to keep the room warm, including MP3B who occasionally squeaks at me. Its not unusual to need thermals, woolly hats and fingerless gloves!
It has to be said that my embroidery is very labour intensive and I spend many intense hours stitching and painting. Its an amazing privilege to work in a place that has seen 5 generations of Gardiner's, located in a village loaded with textile history. It is essential for an artist to have a studio, a special place of magic contemplation where ideas are realised.
If you would like to visit my studio to buy artwork or discuss a commission please email me for an appointment and I will make you a cup of tea!