I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. To take a sneak peek into the creative spaces of some of the most wonderful people I’ve met along the way. Some are creators, crafters, masters of their trades, others just wonderfully inspirational at a whim, lovers of all things pretty and good design. I hope you enjoy their creative spaces as much as I do and hope they inspire you.
Welcome Sonia! You’re the creative soul behind the inspiring OSONIA Designs. Because of your creations and your past pictures of all your different designs, I’ve been inspired to find out more about your creative space at home, how you use it and what goes on in it daily. In short, I’m thrilled that you’re here to talk with me today and am very excited to have this peek into your world of creating.
Can you tell us a little bit about the products you create and how the space is designed for creating your very special products?
I design & create an extensive range of handcrafted products, specialising in quality personalised and handmade greeting cards, tags, guestbooks and decorator frames. When at first designing my home studio, 2 things were critical! It had to look great & it needed to be functional because I was aware the amount of time I would be working(approximately 30-40 hours per week).
If you had to be selective, what three things do you love most about the space?
The generous size (8 metres x 5 metres), the natural light & the views (from my 2 large windows) are so peaceful & serene.
How has your home studio space evolved since you first designed it?
It hasn’t really changed much. I did put a lot of thought into the initial layout & furniture I would need (lots of measuring & sketching down of ideas). I do however add lots of pretty things all the time – frames, jars & vintage vases and of course new craft supplies.
I’m drawn to all of the various cardmaking tools materials that you have. How do these tools and materials play a role in creating and what goes into the way you choose them?
Like most handmade crafters would agree – I have “too many tools of the trade”! I do however find (just like with fashion) I like to keep up with new papers, stamps, ribbons and trends. It really is amazing how often new products are being released, with most of the larger companies it is monthly.
I live in a small home. What advice do you have for someone with limited space to work with?
Utilise as much wall space as possible – add shelving & peg boards, it is amazing how many of your supplies you can actually store that way. If possible put drawers or tubs under your table/desk area as they are also very handy & usually at arm’s reach.
If you were only restricted by your imagination, what would your ideal creative workspace include?
I would love to have floor to ceiling built in paper racks and an area with a couple of armchairs that I could just sit & “ponder” from time to time…….now, that is really dreaming!
Thanks so much Sonia, for letting us into your lovely space! x