Mary Thorp     T: +44 (0)7979906935     E: mary@creativethorp.com

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We live on the north Pembrokeshire coast, on the edge of the fabulous National Park with its wild, unspoilt beaches. It is hard not to be affected by the mad skies and huge landscapes – the weather changes quickly here and there is a tangible feeling of space and freedom. The countryside is very accessible – you are not barred from walking over it and there are footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths everywhere. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path hugs the very edge of the land for 186 breathtaking miles and the ocean beside it disappears to the horizon.

 

The photographic images are my response to living in such a place, conveying changing sunlight and wind blowing over the headlands in a very sparse and graphical way. It all began as a compulsion to make something beautiful to hang on my own walls when we didn’t live here and evolved into a range of artworks and cards that are bought by UK galleries.

 

Each time we visited Pembrokeshire it was harder to leave; to pack up and drive the four hours east, with the light of the western sky in the rear view mirror. So we hatched a plan, held our nerve, followed it through and have come out the other end with a life doing what we love.

 

The business began in 2007/8 as a very small creative outlet and it still is. However it gave both me and (husband) Steve the impetus and drive to make things happen differently and we now run other creative businesses alongside Creative Thorp.

 

Having lived in Pembrokeshire part-time since 2003 we made the big move in 2011 and embarked on an exhausting project converting some plain stone barns into what we consider to be the most beautiful space in the world! Creativity took a bit of a back seat during the build with less time for shows, exhibitions and selling artwork. Life was consumed with clearing a building site, finishing the inside of the barns once builders were gone and paring back possessions on an uncomplicated need/want sort of basis. Our home looks pretty cool!

 

Setting up the business (and our associated publishing imprint) has taught us just how lovely, supportive and welcoming the artist/maker community is. It has been fantastic to have been included and encouraged by them and even made to feel that we have a place among them. We now sell online and at much smaller events that don’t take us far out of the county. Life is never static and we’re always planning something: however the family continues to grow through the next generation and we love that we can just drop everything to be a part of that.

 

Mary Thorp

 

 

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