3 years ago we moved to a boat moored in the Thames Estuary. Moving out of the city and into this strange little community has made a huge difference to my life in more ways than I can count.
I love that amongst the excellent friends I have made are a couple of performance artists, some acrobats, a duck called Gloria and a family of swans.
I love that the air smells like air, and that often all you can hear is the wildlife discussing their day. I love that the scenery changes daily, depending on the season and the weather. I love that most nights I can see the stars.
Compared to the cityscape I was born and brought up in, the simplicity of this life I now live is astounding to me. It has changed the way I think and the way I approach designing and making jewellery, and it's made me feel more confident about some things I have always suspected were true.
So, this morning's article rang a happy little chorus of softly chiming bells. Particularly this:
“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” ~ Richard Halloway
It's living here that makes me brave enough to design things like this (if you don't want a preview of one of my new collections, look away now):
“You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Not at all sure I've attained perfection quite yet. But I feel brave enough to try. And that - to me - is a revelation.