The Hampshire home studio of artist Chantal Powell

Today we're taking a peek at the studio of artist, Chantal Powell. In Chantal's own words: "My studio is very precious to me as it’s the only place that I feel is exclusively mine and where I am most free to be myself an explore my thoughts.

"A garage conversion, with a door leading directly into the house, is pretty close to home, but that is ideal for where I am at in my life right now. I have two young children and although I have two days a week devoted to my practice, the rest of the time I take snatched hours here and there to pop into the studio. That is something I just wouldn’t be able to do if I had to travel.

"I have one large wall that acts as an ideas board and I stick up images of things that interest me or project notes I’m working on. There is a large desk to work at, but as most of my work is sculptural I’m usually on the floor working on something. There will always be music on when I’m in there, my top favourite album to work to being Kate Bush’s Aerial.

"I tend to hoard objects and materials in my studio that I plan to use at some point, or that I just find inspiring. My husband says he loves looking in there because it's like a visual snapshot of the workings of my mind. Lately I’ve come to realise the benefits of going into the studio, not just to work, but to also sit and reflect. Just being with the work really moves things on in my mind. Sitting on the floor with a glass of wine in the evening, the studio feels even more of a sanctuary than normal."

Photography by Anna Morgan.