Follies, She Sheds & Art Studios…

1. lack of good sense; foolishness.”an act of sheer folly” 2. a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.

The word Folly was more commonly used in earlier times. Referring to a ridiculous action, foolishness, etc. but not so much these days.,

Folly Beach-Pavilion Pier

As we’re into the early days of spring and my mind is straying from creating art and more into studying all things garden and outdoor related. In doing so, I ran across the mention of the other meaning of the word folly. The ornamental building that recalls the useless, but decorative buildings that were often put in the back area of Victorian gardens. It occurs to me that the “she shed” and some other forms of greenhouses, and gazebos are trendier names for a building with similar/same purpose. While not so gothic in design anymore, the decorative element is still very much alive.

I’m saving in hopes of one day creating my own Folly/Art Studio in the back of our property. I think when the time comes I will incorporate some of the architecture so loved in the Victorian era into my own version. I think I am going to begin working on a drawing of one. What I would like it to resemble, details and the like. And then, one day…

If you have one of your own, I’d love to know more and see pics of your place. For, now, please check out my shop page and the newer pieces that I have added:

Until next time,