Posted on August 19, 2015
She Sheds are the latest buzz word in the shed world but here at the Posh Shed Company we have been making sheds for women to use as their own private haven for many years; the majority of these commissions have come from women seeking work space outside the confines of the home, for whom it makes practical sense to turn their garden sheds into office or craft spaces.
These so called “she sheds” have elevated the humble garden shed to new heights in terms of both comfort and design .
A beautiful example of one of our sheds that was then decorated by its owner and turned into a “She Shed” won a bronze award at RHS Malvern this year.
“The Perfect Commute” designed by Deborah Bird of “Beholder’s Eye”, featured a 9 ft. x 7 ft. Posh Gothic Shed with slate effect roof that had been transformed into a home office and reflects the aspiration of many people to escape from the daily grind of commuting to the office.
She Sheds have however been around in all but name for a long time.
In I915 the first ever British Women’s Institute meeting was held in a garden shed in Anglesey; could that have been the first “she shed”?
A recent television programme by Lucy Worsley “Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers” did much to counter the image of the WI as outdated and its members as “busy bodies”. It reminded us that the origins of the WI were very closely linked to the suffragette movement and that the slow hand clapping of Tony Blair in 2000 was far from the first time the WI had refused to be patronised.
The WI’s ethos has always been about empowerment and equality; it’s been called the “first social network” because most of its early groups were established in rural communities where women were often lonely and isolated so it wouldn’t seem to far a leap to credit these ladies far-sighted and socially aware women with the invention of the she shed!
The WI centennial Fair is taking place in Harrogate from the 3rd to 6th of September. www.thewishow.com/NFWI