creative spaces :: emma bond

Confessions cross decoration

Katie | February 13, 2011

This month’s creative spaces post features the enchantingly titled “Orchard Studio;” home to Emma Bond’s garden design business. The wonderful photography is all by Emma herself, who, as well as designing, building and writing about gardens, is a keen photographer with a love for vintage cameras.

Coloured pencils

The studio is located within a small complex of buildings (once the abattoir to a cattle market) and date back to Roman times. The studio itself is built in the gap between two buildings dating back to the early 19th Century.

Desk

Emma’s neighbours include a photographer and a tile maker. She finds working around creative people very inspiring, as well as having the space to wander outside to photograph plants, and the opportunity to sit outside during the working day.

Radio and book shelf

As you can see from these lovely photographs, the inside of her studio is full of inspirational items and images too.

Bookshelf

Emma also runs the Bath Gardening School, based at the Botanical Gardens, teaching informal day courses covering everything from kitchen gardens to bee keeping and garden photography, giving her even more inspiration to bring back to her studio.

Inspirational images on the wall

Emma found the studio by chance when it was advertised in a shop, giving her the opportunity to move her business from her kitchen table where it all began.

Garden plans and more inspirational images

And she’s found that since moving the business to its new home, it’s flourished and grown from “a kitchen table effort” to a “fully fledged grown-up business.”

Little pink chicks!

Thank you so much to Emma for giving us a little peek into her creative space and for these wonderful pictures.
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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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Comments

  • This is an incredibly appealing space! The task lamps above the stool-style seating feel a tiny bit creepy, but maybe in a good way 🙂

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