In this series, Artefact gets a glimpse into some of London’s creatives’ favourite spaces to create.

Petulia's desk in her home [Diandra Elmira]

Petulia’s desk in her home [Drawing by Diandra Elmira]

It was a sunny day in January when I met her. I remember getting lost around small London streets, with Google Maps in one hand and a coffee in another, struggling to see the screen because of the intense sunlight.

Arms wide open she welcomes me. In the background, I could hear her husband’s records playing in a room upstairs and the kettle of boiling water in the kitchen. She was making tea for both of us. The faded music transported me from the doorstep, up the stairs, right into the living room where I sat on the white couch looking at the sunshine outside the massive window.

A vinyl, that’s how she describes her career. Side A. Side B. One for her graphic design work and another for her wild experimenting side. And as we talk more about her minimal fantasy of an ultimate space, I realise her whole life is a vinyl.

Toys, pictures, a pile of books, everywhere I look there is a filled space, incrementing visual artist’s Petulia Mattioli daydream of an ideal nest: the escape from routine, the open road, the one book that inspires her and four walls of pure nothing. She’d be ready to flip sides at any time.

Nest, episode four, looks at how the less you have, the more you can create.

Petulia Mattioli is a visual artist who believes creatives shouldn’t be tied up to one category. Having many skills is what she believes to be the greatest asset of all. You can usually find her going for a walk to clear her mind and let new ideas surface, but in the meantime, you can find her on Instagram at @petuliamattioli.

 

 

 

 

 


Featured image courtesy of Diandra Elmira