Women Who Create / Silkie Lloyd

This fortnight we welcome Silkie Lloyd to the WWC fold. Silkie, designer, curator IG genius and community champion is (along with her partner) the founder of The Forge Bristol. Probably the most beautiful studio space i've had the pleasure of visiting and which we will be hosting the first #WWCweekend at this coming June. For those of you who have not yet heard of the magical Bristol based studio and community The Forge continue reading below and be sure to check out the amazing selection of events held there plus Silkie's beautifully curated IG feed for stunning inspiration

Tell us a little about your background... 

I run a creative event & work space in Bristol called the Forge that my partner & I bought and renovated in 2015. It’s a space that celebrates & supports creative community. The Forge is used for film & photoshoots, pop ups, creative workshops & events and we have a studio that we let out to creative freelancers. Before we bought the Forge I worked as a designer illustrator creating products for my own stationery company Rosehip. Now my time is spent with the day to day running of the Forge and curating our creative workshops & events. I’ve focused on growing the Forge through Instagram which has allowed me to reconnect with my love of photography. Alongside the content I create for IG I also photograph all our events & on occasion I get asked do photoshoots for designer makers products which is always good fun.


Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I start the day by looking through Instagram, seeing what people are up to & leaving or answering comments. But I make sure that I don’t spend too much time on there & try not to look at my phone again until much later in the afternoon when proper work has been done!


What two things can't you live without? 

My phone (sadly) & my camera ! And tea ofcourse


What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Anywhere where there is a source of photography, Instagram & Pinterest primarily although more & more these days I’m looking back at old books & magazines to find inspiration. The indy magazine scene is a always a great place to find really interesting stuff to.


What is the meaning of 'creative' to you?

The freedom to explore different ways to express yourself and a willingness to try new things without worrying about getting things “right”Having a unique & original voice and not beind of using it!


If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

 Any one who’s a real foodie - I’m really keen to get more pop up suppers happening here


Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

My camera!


What is the best thing about running your business?

Freedom to work in the way I want to & to be able to prioritise my family time. Also meeting so many other creative people who use the Forge – there’s always something new happening here!


What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Every time I hear someone saying how much they like the space or how much they’ve enjoyed a workshop or event. And personally, being able to explore my own photographic practise through the images I share of the Forge.


What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?

Create beautiful, high quality & unique images to describe your brand story. We live in a world where images are a powerful currency, make sure that yours stand out.

Find more over at The Forge website or book onto one of Silkie's amazing find daily inspiration over on The Forge's IG