Thursday, 20 July 2017

Rubbish Re-invented

Quiet Space Studio is very happy to welcome Rubbish Re-invented, the creative concept of Lin Williams. All of her work is made from recycled carrier bags. 

According to, it is estimated that One Trillion carrier bags are made and distributed globally on average per year. A year's worth of carrier bags will take 1000 years to de-compose. 

That's why I love Lin's recycling craft. Not only is it beautiful, she is also helping to save the planet.

Lin will be resident at Quiet Space for the next month. She has bags, purses of various sizes and belts. Feel free to pop in and have a look.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Buttercups by the Teifi

I am so pleased to have launched my new 'Postcards from Llandysul' Range today. The first 2 postcards are 'Buttercups by the Teifi'''Ceredigion Cornfields'. 

I made the original pictures with local wild pressed flowers. Then I photographed my work and sprinkled some magic, to make them into postcards & pens.

Postcards from LLandysul will be available soon online but for now, they are available in Quiet Space Studio or my facebook page. 

Because it's the little things that count ... 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Water Colour Friendships

About 5 years ago, a dear friend of mine, Miranda Betts, had a Women's Day Celebration on the beach in New Quay. This is where I met Jet. Jet and I hit it off so we became friends on facebook afterwards, and though we have never met again, we have stayed in touch, finding that we follow similar creative journeys.

A couple of days ago, Jet had posted on her facebook about some lovely new paints that she had acquired. They were intense dye based colours, so I asked her to do some testers for us to see on facebook, which she did. I didn't for one minute, think that I would be trying them out in the flesh.

Turns out that Jet travelled down from Nottingham to stay with a friend not far from Quiet Space Studio, so she came late afternoon with her friend and the rather exciting paints. 

I had some lovely watercolour blank postcards so Jet, her friend, Fiona, who was still at Quiet Space and myself, all sat quietly painting together. It was so lovely to be with others in this quiet way. 

I did a poetry reading for them, my 3rd one today. It's such good practice for me and I am finding it very healing. I couldn't even read through a whole poem 2 weeks ago without losing my thread but the more I practice, the more I am feeling my flow again. I can sense myself healing. Baby steps.

What a wonderful day, filled with so much friendship that one can't help but feel uplifted.

'Heron's Landing' Photo Shoot with Fiona Winter at Quiet Space

My dear friend, Fiona Winter, visited me today at Quiet Space Studio. Fiona is a dancer. She is the Director of Energy Moves and teaches Nia. She is also the most incredible energy worker. 

She asked me to take some photographs for her website and marketing. I love taking photographs. I only use my telephone camera but I find it offers me a flexibility. For this type of shoot I do quite a bit of work in terms of capturing personality & learning about a person's angles. I should add that there is no editing on these shots. They are authentic, real and of the actual moment, not a touched up version of it. That felt important in capturing Fiona.

After Fiona had asked me about doing the shoot, I scrolled through her existing photographs on facebook to study how we could reach the petite yet mighty Fiona: The naughty yet sensitive and empathic Fiona. The wise yet youthful.

The first part of the shoot, I took 50 or more shots of her at different angles whilst telling me a story. This way I can capture movement and enigma, a person's flow. We studied these shots together to discuss the angles that best capture her on camera. We then went to try these out against a backdrop that represents the spirit of Fiona.

Energy Moves is fluid and constant like the river, evergreen like the ivy, ever changing yet the same, like the sky ... I took Fiona to a place on the Teifi River where Heron's come to land. I go there a lot to watch them nest. With her winged scarf, it seemed the perfect location, it has everything that is Fiona. The Teifi has been inhabited since before time, it is ancient and wise, beautiful and powerful, it can appear light yet is deep and flooding.

And this shot below is my Fiona, my darling friend. I choose it because it's all about the depth and smile of her eyes.

What a wonderful afternoon at Heron's Landing, where grown ups can play as if they were still children, which off course, we are.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Not all days are fluffy

Yesterday was my first day of having the time to write at Quiet Space. I have been so busy unpacking, meeting local folk and friends visiting that I haven't really had time to be still. 

I had taken all my poems in with me to edit and reading them back was difficult. The enormity of my journey these past 9 months consumed me all at once. It was as if grief were a chiffon scarf hovering above my head, the wind had stopped and now it slowly enveloped me. I felt my heavy heart falling down into my boots. 

Tears started to sting my eyes but I realised that the open 'warts and all' nature of my studio would leave the whole high street in clear view of these emotions and that didn't feel comfortable. But I didn't stop the feelings, I didn't 'pull myself together' I gave them space to breathe.

I felt it was important to write about my feelings on facebook and to blog about them as part of my healing pathway because not all days are fluffy and brightly coloured. Some days are heavier and I want to be honest about it.

Having said that, out of the mist a deeper connection to self has occurred. It is ok to have blue days ...  and I have woken up this morning with a new creative clarity forming. Gentle, healing, loving baby steps. All is well.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Quiet Space Welcomes Ruth Peterson

How lovely to meet and welcome Ruth Peterson to Quiet Space Studio today.

 ... with her lovely new felt collection. The felt she uses is 100% Made in Britain and the beautiful buttons are hand forged by her husband.

Ruth's Collection is named 'Mabli Jack' & is handmade in Wales, about half an hour from Llandysul. Perfect.

Ruth says, 'The sculptural quality of the thick felt inspired me to create this capsule collection with co-ordinating bags and bowls. The vivid colours are fantastic, full of fun. I enjoy the mix of colours coming together in very tactile objects.'

It is a joy to welcome artists into my Quiet Space. I love watching people walk past and see what surprises are waiting for them.

If you would like to rent an Exhibition Box in the window at Quiet Space, why not drop me a line.

Quiet Space Studio Welcomes Katie's Handmade Store

It's an exciting time at Quiet Space as Crafters & Artists start to move into the Exhibition Boxes in the window ... 

'Hello, I am Katie's Handmade Store.' I make one of a kind cards and gifts. 

I started doing this when I became unwell with Fibromyalgia and I wanted to keep busy, so I made my own business where I can pass on my loved creations with everyone. 

It means the world to me having an Exhibition Box at Quiet Space Studio and makes me very happy. 

I took my husband there today to see my work. 

I always put 100% into what I do and I love it. I hope all my customers and followers on facebook do, too. ' 

You can contact Katie via her facebook page