My shed is special as it has allowed me to have the space I need to create- hence why I call it my sHEADspace! Ive spent the last few decades as founder and CEO of a great charity which gives lots of people the space to learn, relax, create and play, and having taken a step back from this role, I knew the time was right for me to have my own creative space. My son is a carpenter, and we worked together to design and build (me design, not build- I should say!) to make the perfect space for me to do my textile arts at home in the garden.
I simply adore my shed, and by planning it so carefully I can make the most of it year round. With so much glass the light pours in and onto my creations, and Ive got underfloor heating to keep me snug in the winter months. Ive also started a blog about my own shed, and Im talking to other creatives on where they find their perfect space to be free and artistic. I adore the shed revolution and I think Shed of The Year is a great way to share inspiration for making small spaces functional and beautiful.
As you can see from the photos my shed is filled to the brim with materials, sewing machines, drawings and books- I like to think it looks just like the inside of my head! If it wasnt for the shed I know I wouldnt be revelling in this new creative phase of my life- so Im over the moon grateful and Im absolutely loving it.
It was built by my middle son Andrew, who is a fantastic carpenter. He fitted in the build over the space of a year between other jobs, and we worked to make sure it was as green as could be- for example the rainwater can be harvested to water my plants. The funny thing was during the build my grandson Noah asked Granny Sheenagh, when will my new playhouse be ready? to which I responded what playhouse!? and he replied the one daddy is making in your garden. Haha!