A good sign in a friendship with someone is being able to mutually agree to have a Christmas gift exchange en rétard, without anybody in the relationship getting seriously offended. One of the benefits in this sort of a decision, apart from it being a poignant step in the relationship, is having the excitement of a present waiting for you in January.
On a dry and chilled to the bone evening a few weeks ago, I was supposed to meet Liam for a coffee. I received a cryptic text from him with the details of an address in Frederiksberg, asking me to meet him there. So I did that.
Voila! This was Liam's gift for me - a trip to Creative Space! A wonderful shop right on Gammel Kongevej where everybody is an artist! You reserve a table and then you're given a selection of different ceramics to pick from. You can choose anything from different sized bowls and plates, flower pots or even a cookie jar (which, naturally, was what we chose). Then you take a gander at the fine array of paints and get inspired as to what you'd like to paint.
With a small coffee shop as part of Creative Space, you're then able to drink a coffee or tea while you become Van Gogh for the night and paint a masterpiece. This is an excellent idea for a date, or a good place to take your grandmother to. Or maybe you'd rather paint alone - that's fine too. It also makes for the perfect location to catch up, have deep chats, and share many laughs with a close friend over a delayed Christmas present.
It's a sublime space with no limits for your imagination. You let your ideas roam free. There are some samples of artwork from previous artists who have come in, on display hanging on the walls or on the shelves behind the counter. It's inspiring to see this artistic side come out of everyone, because I'm confident it's something we all have, in one way or another.
It was a wonderful and enjoyable time. The staff is friendly and very thorough with the instructions of how the project should work. The coffee and beverage selection is limited and there is no food, however, it's understandable as the primary focus of Creative Space is the craft. In a week's time, your masterpiece will be ready for pick-up and to see the finished product.
One small disclosure: the colours come out a lot more glossy and a lot darker than it seems when initially painting. They do warn you about this, but it's easy to get a little paint brush crazy while you're at work. A week later, Liam and I were in tears laughing. After my cookie jar was in the oven, all of the amateur (kindergarten level) mistakes I made were exposed. Haha but no regrets - it was all fun.