Wednesday, 27 January 2010

I'll Show You Mine with Sorcha Gillett

Bienvenue tout le monde! My name is Sorcha Gillett and I am an Irish textile artist. Welcome to my studio sweet studio! Two weeks after moving into our loft apartment and my little studio is finally up and running. I have been living in the South of France for a year now, in a surfers heaven on the west coast between Bordeaux and San Sebastian. I work as a girl's surfwear graphic designer for Rip Curl here in Hossegor, so leisurely weekends in my studio are greatly anticipated during the busy 9-5 week. Oh how rude of me to keep you talking at the door, won't you please come inside...

Et voila! Meet my new studio! I am head over heels in love with my new desk, the built in lightbox is the best invention IKEA have ever concocted. The lamp is also from IKEA. The chair is from a local vintage market, the inspiration board is down to two hours work of framing foam board with a foam board frame covered in vintage floral fabric. Tuilips are from The Boyfriend :)

I probably spend more time on my inspiration boards than I do on my paintings! I squirrel inspiration from everywhere, romantic magazine advertisements, antique lace, vintage trims, illustrations, pictures from my all goes up there :)

Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue... well these definitely tick the blue box! It was love at first sight! Although they were a dreary mahogany brown in the market I knew they had oh so much potential, two coats of satin finish powder blue later and nobody need ever know their dirty little secret! These drawers are the sanity behind my studio, all beads, threads, needles, scissors, and general miscellaneous "ugly things" go in there.

When I get tired of gazing at my inspiration board I can swivel around to fling open the balcony doors and let the beach in. I grow lavender and beach daisies here and in summer the smell is amazing. The Boyfriend grows cooking herbs and salads in driftwood boxes on "his side, so depending on where I sit, I'm either daydreaming of fleeting romantic moments...or just plain hungry!

Thank you for visiting everybody, if you would like to see more of my life and design inspiration in France you can visit Dandelion Daydreamer (my blog), and to see my work you can visit my website or my Etsy shop. Have a nice day :)


  1. What a lovely feature....I'm now officially jealous though, you live by the beach in France!! I love you blue cabinet, it's super cute

  2. What a perfect spot to sit and dream and create ... looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ohhhh......... wowwwwwwww. I have drifted off into a dream of gorgeous France and the scent of lavender and herbs...and a land where ugly things are all hidden away in pretty drawers - heaven!

    Sorcha your place is amazing, and so inspiring. It obviously works for you - your designs are beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  4. What a lovely feeling you have created in your studio, it's made me want to go and sort out mine!

  5. I think we need to go on a Team field trip to France! Your place looks lovely Sorcha! ;)*