Blue Ticking Campaign #OurSpaceToCreate....
My fellow Mamahood member Blue Ticking has launched a fabulous new hashtag campaign this month called Our Space To Create. At the heart of the Blue Ticking business is vintage school desks lovingly refurbished for use in kids bedrooms. I love these desks, and they bring back so many memories; carving my name into the lid during a particularly dull lesson, lifting the lid to gossip with friends during break times and surreptitiously trying eat sweets during lessons.
The family-run business has launched this campaign to celebrate our creative spaces, both children and adults. They are asking people to post a picture of their creative areas on their Instagram feed using the hashtag #OurSpaceToCreate. They will share their favourites each month and then pick one person to win the monthly prize.
“We passionately believe that having a creative space is so important for children and adults alike. We want to shine a light on their importance in letting kids be kids and grown-ups to relax and feel inspired. No matter how big or small we all need that nook, desk or corner to do our thing. It doesn’t have to involve a desk, it could literally be an area you use to draw, read, get crafty, work or do the dreaded homework.”
Alongside the Instagram hashtag, they are also running a blog with interviews about a person and their creative spaces starting with their kids and the wonderful Emily Quinton. I am very fortunate to have space at the top of my house to work in. This enables me to work without commuting and to fit in my business hours around my two boys. I often work in the evening to make up time, and I love that I have a dedicated space that is all my own in amongst the chaos. It is a little sanctuary of privacy and peace which, as any mother will tell you, is very hard to come by.
I have two little interconnected spaces; one for weaving and one for sewing, which I share with my husband. They are rough and ready and overflowing with raw materials, inspiration, piles and piles of books and fabrics. The spaces are in no way shape or form “Instagram friendly”. It is full to the rafters of practical post-it notes pinned to the wall, alongside postcards and images I have collected along the way. I am a hoarder through and through, I find it hard to throw anything away, and I love to have reminders of my past around me. Above my desk is a collection of Andy Goldsworthy postcards I picked up on a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with my husband pre-kids. I have an image from the Chihuly exhibition my sister dragged me to well over a decade ago. There are the shoes that I made in my first job after college in a factory in East London (long since having been turned into luxury flats). I keep a jar of pebbles that I collected on family holidays to the beach and a photo of my brother aged two or three wearing my school hat. And on my desk sit eight books on weaving and colour that I will get around to reading some point soon.
I am a firm believer that we all have the capacity to create and make. As a species, we have always made tools, and painted on walls and been drawn to colour and texture. To have a space to explore this is a luxury indeed but I feel that we would all be better off if it were as necessary as a sofa in our homes. The act of drawing, mark making, layering and exploring an idea is meditative and therapeutic and yet so many of us deny ourselves the pleasure. I think there is a deep-rooted fear of being good enough when it comes to anything artistic, but really the joy is in the process. I am trying to foster this in my kids, and our kitchen table is a permanent mess of drawing pads and pens that are swept to one side when dinner is served only to come creeping out again afterwards. I am a huge fan of the desks that Blue Ticking offer and think they look lovely in a quiet corner of the house.
So, do you have a creative space that you would like to share? Visit the blog for more info and make sure you are following @BlueTicking for news about the prize draw and conditions of the competition.