Since as far back as the 19th century, artists and designers have retreated to the countryside for intense periods of creativity, continuously finding inspiration in the rural landscape. From Monet’s garden in Giverny to the plethora of contemporary craft holidays to choose from now, the countryside has long lured creative people to its stoic presence.

There’s no question that this backdrop has served a great purpose for many artists who have used it to glean inspiration in times of artist’s block, but what does a country home itself actually offer? In a panel discussion at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London tomorrow, this question will be the focus of attention. In light of their new book Creative Living Country, design journalist Chloe Grimshaw and photographer Luke White will be in conversation with textile designer Helen David and photographer Matilda Temperly, discussing what it takes to set up studio and maintain a creative business beyond the bright lights of the city.

Their new book features 25 truly original houses across the UK from the East Anglian fens to the Cornish coast, from the hills of the Lake District to the moors of Scotland. Together the authors explore the importance of landscape for creative pioneers, and provide a glimpse into the loss of 24/7 urban stimuli on modern entrepreneurs, from ceramicists to musicians. Booking is necessary, and with it guests will gain entry into the new Anna sui exhibition, on until October this year.

For more information and to book your place, click here.

 Photography by Luke White.

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