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About the Studio Club

Hi, I am Jane a textile artist, writer and gardener living near to Loch Lomond in the middle of Scotland.

I started the Studio Club in 2017 to help you create your seasonal life your way. It is a supportive membership community that guides you through the months. When everything seems to be about image and buying more and more stuff, the Studio Club helps you slow down, reconnect and choose how you want to live.

If you are feeling disconnected, overwhelmed and exhausted I know exactly how you feel.

I used to live a life full of long hours and striving for 'success'.

I worked in a windowless office and chose to stay at my desk during lunch breaks.

I knew something was wrong with the way I was living but I didn't know how to change.

Then, in 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease which had stopped my brain communicating with my adrenals and I fell into debilitating fatigue.

It had a massive effect on my life, but I learned a lot - it gave me a crash course on managing stress, simplifying my live and connecting into the rhythms of the seasons.

Creating a more seasonal life isn't about buying things or trying to live up to a fantasy social media aesthetic.

It is about connecting with yourself and the world around you, opening up, paying more attention and creating a life full of joy.

If this sounds like something you've been craving, The Studio Club opens up again to new members soon -

Give me your email address and I'll send you an invite.

 

 

 

Snapdragon social

Thistledown is so beguiling. ⁠
The soft cream catching the light, waiting for goldfinches to alight. ⁠
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I’m heading to Hawarden today to join the lively people at @thegoodlifesoc and teach about foraged colour and dyeing socks with all kinds of plants. I’m hoping to be able to harvest some thistles as they give a particularly beautiful mustardy yellow.
Though I grew lots and lots of straw flowers for Christmas wreaths back when I had a proper commercial flower business,  it was only this year that I slowed down enough to really see them. ⁠
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I’d assumed that they wouldn’t be good for insects until fully out - flat dulled daisies, past the point of picking - but actually wasps seem to pollinate them when they are still tightly furled. ⁠
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This patch was wasp central for weeks. ⁠
A few butterflies flitted about, but mainly wasps⁠
I am somebody who needs distance to see a bigger picture. ⁠
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For the past couple of months I’ve been really struggling with where Snapdragon Life is, and how to get from here to where I want it to be. ⁠
I filled books and books with notes but was going round in circles - unable to commit to anything with the kind of conviction a small business needs. It was all too fuzzy somehow. ⁠
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Now I am away from the Studio. ⁠
Right in the middle of two weeks of walking and eating and photographing gardens and meeting friends and suddenly it is all much clearer. ⁠
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I now have 5 sentences written in my phone notes and a high clear soaring route to take. ⁠
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The multi talented @katgoldin took this photo of me in the Studio before I left - part of a photo shoot that took almost three years to actually schedule because I will do almost anything to avoid being in front of a camera.
Stained glass as the light gets cooler and the sun lower. ⁠
Bright dahlias arranged in the Studio window last week. ⁠
Earlier this week I saw great swathes of heleniums and dahlias in the potager at @walthamplace so rich amongst the teasels so next year I think I shall move some of the smaller flowered ones into the studio meadow to shine out amongst the grasses.
A couple of weeks ago someone told me that I have too many photos of cats and not enough of dogs.⁠⁠
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So here is Dixie, the Studio Dog, in her chair.⁠⁠
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Bored . . . . bored . . . bored
My dye cupboard in the Studio. ⁠⁠
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Jars of mordants and modifiers and dried plants.⁠⁠
Scraps of fabrics, too beautiful to throw out.⁠⁠
Skeins of yarn waiting to be washed.⁠⁠
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A place of infinite possibility.⁠⁠
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The lacy scarf hanging on the door is a pale yellow version of my Winter waves pattern which will be in the Seasonal Studio journal when it is published in December.⁠⁠
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It is such a lovely simple rhythmic pattern that I've packed a ball of alpaca/linen yarn - dyed a steely grey with tansy and iron - and taken it with me as my road trip knitting.⁠⁠
I'm not a naturally organised person. I am also very messy and the Studio table tends to get cleared in random waves of orderliness.⁠⁠
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Sadly this orderliness doesn't include actually being orderly, there is a lot of the
Euan and I have been sleeping in the airstream, officially as a glitch spotting exercise but actually because it is very relaxing.⁠⁠
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I wrote about it in my Tuesday letter to Studio Club members this week.  The lure of the tiny house.⁠⁠
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One of the interesting things is that you can see the Studio window, with its frothy pinks, from the other side.
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About Snapdragon Life

At Snapdragon Life I gently guide you through bringing the changing seasons into your daily life, helping you slow down, so that you can experience increased well being, calm and creativity.

 

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