I can hardly believe I am writing this sentence, but I am so excited to share all the details of the new shop I will be opening here in March!
I have neglected to keep an up to date newsfeed here on my Blog, but I am going to use the excuse of the lovely distraction of beginning the process of decorating and filling a 'real life' shop!
I haven't wanted to bore everyone in my other online posts too much with all the details of how and when, but we first spotted the shop last year on a sunny, May day trip to Polperro. I have always loved it there and have some lovely childhood memories of sunny days, wandering around the quaint little streets eating ice cream :)
That day I took a picture of it, and wistfully remember thinking (and saying to Alex) 'Wouldn't a little shop like that be perfect!?'
The day continued feel like a fairytale when later Alex asked me to marry him in a stone circle we found in nearby Duloe. I now regard it as even more of a special, lucky day!
I have always loved tiny spaces. Some of my happiest memories and living spaces involve cosy little set ups like this one. My previous dwellings were in a tiny attic flat, and the small cottage I grew up meant I was always comfortable in little rooms. I am the kind of person that always wants to be 'closed in' in the corner of a restaurant...table booths are a dream! :)
Programs like 'George Clarke's Amazing Spaces' and my obsession with the Tiny House Movement, fuelled my dream of creating a tiny cute space to work in, in the garden at home.
I also toyed with the idea of creating a travelling, pop up shop, so I spent the last two years taking my work out 'on the road' to fairs and markets and I have loved setting up a little space each time where I can share my work and decorate my stand to my taste.
Most of my twenties were spent working in retail, and this is where most of my experience is outside of my training as an illustrator. Whilst the thought of opening my own gallery/shop one day always appealed to me, the commitment of taking on a large space felt slightly intimidating and a step back from my own work as an artist.
The combination of the size and the fact that Polperro is visited more seasonally, will enable me to manage both; I never really thought about the prospect of creating a Tiny shop because it seemed an out of reach idea that anything like it would exist!
But, somehow it does, in one of the most magical, untouched villages in Cornwall :) I am over the moon to have the chance to sell my work here, and some extra little things I love too!
No part of any of this would have been possible without my future husband, Alex. He has encouraged me to continue pursuing a self employed, creative career even at times when I have almost given up.
I am so excited to see what we can achieve together on this exciting project and can't wait to share the journey with you all.
Right now we are in the process of decorating and stocking the shop with the aim to be up and running for Easter.
To follow along on the shops progress:
Thanks for reading, Jasmine x