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In My Shed - Devon Life investigates businesses at the end of the garden...

PUBLISHED: 12:22 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:13 20 February 2013

In My Shed - Devon Life investigates businesses at the end of the garden...

In My Shed - Devon Life investigates businesses at the end of the garden...

Claire Crawley discovers a 'super shed', the creative retreat for artist Sarah Gillespie


In My Shed - Devon Life investigates businesses at the end of the garden...

Claire Crawley discovers a super shed, the creative retreat for artist Sarah Gillespie

Seven years ago renowned Devon artist Sarah Gillespie moved her studio from her bedroom into the back garden.

It was just before the crash. We were at the point where wed outgrown the house and were thinking wed like to move, she explains. But as hard as we looked, we simply couldnt find anything better for our budget. I absolutely needed to be able to work from home because of the children, so the solution was to stay put and build something in the garden instead.

Having a husband who part owns Carpenter Oak proved to be an advantage.

Paul built the whole thing in his spare time. We tried to build a completely non-toxic building using natural materials, local craftsmen and sustainable sources.

The result is a Super Shed, a studio that not only allows Sarah to work in peace but also provides a look-out for the garden birds, a quiet space for the family and a drying place for the washing.

I worked for years and years in the bedroom but you hear too much arguments, TV, the kids music. This is a place where I can think and reflect.

The change of scene has had an impact on her art as well. If I look back on the paintings Ive done since, there is a calmness, a space to pay attention. I come in here and never fail to think how lucky I am. Its wonderful.

sarahgillespie.co.uk


In My Shed - Devon Life investigates businesses at the end of the garden...


Claire Crawley discovers a super shed, the creative retreat for artist Sarah Gillespie


Seven years ago renowned Devon artist Sarah Gillespie moved her studio from her bedroom into the back garden.It was just before the crash. We were at the point where wed outgrown the house and were thinking wed like to move, she explains. But as hard as we looked, we simply couldnt find anything better for our budget. I absolutely needed to be able to work from home because of the children, so the solution was to stay put and build something in the garden instead.Having a husband who part owns Carpenter Oak proved to be an advantage.Paul built the whole thing in his spare time. We tried to build a completely non-toxic building using natural materials, local craftsmen and sustainable sources.The result is a Super Shed, a studio that not only allows Sarah to work in peace but also provides a look-out for the garden birds, a quiet space for the family and a drying place for the washing.I worked for years and years in the bedroom but you hear too much arguments, TV, the kids music. This is a place where I can think and reflect.The change of scene has had an impact on her art as well. If I look back on the paintings Ive done since, there is a calmness, a space to pay attention. I come in here and never fail to think how lucky I am. Its wonderful.sarahgillespie.co.uk

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