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Garden art studio – imagine being able to design and build your own creative workspace to suit your specific needs. If you are a home-based artist or crafts person you may find that adapting an existing room in your home may not be the ideal solution.

Here at Swift our designers are dedicated to nurturing your ideas. Our team are here to assist you in building a creative environment to suit all your requirements and specifications, down to the smallest detail. The exact placement of doors and windows, plug sockets, lights, temperature…we are here to work with you, every step of the way. Your building your way, always.

Rachel Camilleri- Abstract Artist

Rachel Camilleri first approached us in early March of this year with a specific design and budget in mind. A site survey and final design followed soon after the first contact. With a little bit of luck on her side, an availability in our build calendar popped up and we were on site building in her gorgeous Monton garden, in April. Just 2 weeks later, Rachel had her very own creative space… all in time for her birthday. What a very special present indeed!

Here is an overview of Rachel’s stunning studio:

Garden Art Studio – Monton

  • 6m x 3.5 m footprint
  • Fully insulated, top standard BBA certified SIP construction
  • 4m premium powder-coated aluminium sliding doors with 2 x 2m leaves in anthracite grey and with thermally efficient double glazing
  • An additional, co-ordinated 2m fixed pane to create a glazed corner for optimum lighting and small ventilation window
  • New power connection from main house
  • Underfloor heating
  • Premium recessed LED dimmable downlights
  • Tricoya cladding
  • EPDM rubber roof with 20 year membrane warranty
  • Earlier this month Rachel invited Swift back to her studio for a short interview and take photos to share with you:

    Striking paintings adorn all the wall space of Rachel’s garden art studio. Her work is a vibrant mix of colours, shapes and textures.

    What are the main inspirations for your art?

    “Colour and shape spark my creativity”

    Rachel goes on to explain how she notices colours and shapes everywhere and there are a multitude that inspire our client… home decor, commercial buildings, restaurant and bar interiors, nature, places she visits and in particular her hometown of Manchester. The artist enjoys urban art and finds Manchester’s Northern Quarter provides a mass of street art to inspire her.

    What mediums do you work in or is it continuous experimentation?

    “At the moment I mainly work in acrylic and spray paint medium. However, I have used ink in the past and lots of different texture making products like sand resin and modelling paste. I have loads of ideas for the future so hope to experiment with other types of medium”

    Your Instagram bio says you are a ‘self-taught’ artist – how has your career evolved/developed?

    Although Rachel studied art at A-level, her Media and Business Studies degree took her down a slightly different path. Working in media and then the public sector, art always remained a hobby in the background.

    The busy mum of 3 small boys finally took the plunge back in Jan this year to set up an Instagram page and officially declare to the world that she is an artist and people could buy her work. A brave step, but certainly a step in the right direction.

    The decision to invest in her very own garden art studio Rachel’s working space moved from the light deprived garage to this creative haven, she now flourishes in. The glazed corner, created by oversized sliding doors meeting a large fixed pane allows natural light to flood in.

    Rachel sells her work directly through her website rachelcamilleri.com. She can also be contacted through instagram page @rcamilleriart and arrange to visit her fabulous garden art studio to view her work. Rachel is also available for commissioned artwork too.

    Where is the most rewarding ‘space’ you’ve seen your art displayed?

    “Inside a client’s home.”

    When commissioned to do a piece of art, Rachel likes to visit the client’s home to assess the environment, the existing decor, colours, shapes and the size required. Once she has all this information, she creates the piece keeping the client informed at every stage.” It’s extremely rewarding when the client is happy with the piece and you finally see it hanging up in their home”.

    Here is a picture of a recent commission looking beautiful in a client’s home:

    Do you have a favourite artist/piece of art?

    “I follow quite a lot of different types of artists. My UK favourites are Antonio Russo and Lincoln Townley. I love the work of Australian artists Kirsten Jackson and Maggi McDonald and Toronto artist Courtney Senior and also American artist Holly Addi.”

    Any advice for aspiring artists?

    “Enjoy what you are doing and don’t take it too seriously…just be yourself…paint what you feel”

    How has your new garden art studio impacted your work/life?

    “It’s amazing …it’s my own little creative space….no one else is allowed in.

    The best thing is the whole work-life balance that it’s provided and being able to work whilst the boys play is perfect”

    So, Why Should You Choose Swift for your Garden Art Studio?

    As with all our garden buildings, your new space will be very well insulated using our SIP method of construction. Perfect for year-round use. An important consideration when working from home.

    As with Rachel’s studio, your building will always be designed to suit your needs.

    Your garden art studio should be a place of calmness to allow for creativity and productivity. With your new Swift building we will always offer peace of mind with our deposit protection and 10 year structural warranty.

    Take a look at Rachel’s work HERE. Who knows, the next piece of work she creates in her studio could be yours!

    We also came across a useful blog from Porch.com, which contains some great advice on the basic stuff anyone needs to start creating their own art at home. Click HERE to read it.

    Are you ready to speak to one of our friendly team? 

    “Swift Garden Rooms were amazing from start to finish. I couldn’t believe how quickly they built my art studio and with no problems at all! Would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a reliable and efficient company to build a beautiful and stylish garden retreat.”

    RC, Monton