Meet the Members: Rosa Roig i Fiol
Meet Rosa, an Interior Designer and Abstract Artist with a passion for creativity and a lovable sidekick named Otis. Rosa joined Gather Round after working from home for a year and finding she missed being surrounded by other creatives.
We chatted through her working day, how she ‘eats the frogs’ first thing and how she finds inspiration through her homeland of Mallorca. Having recently started her own interior design agency and achieving success with her (incredibly beautiful) paintings, we find out how she gets it all done.
Can you tell us what you do and what an average work day looks like?
I am an Interior Designer and Abstract Artist.
Although my day-to-day varies week by week, an average workday starts by walking to Gather Round with my dog Otis. After getting a much-needed dose of coffee, Otis will do the rounds and say hello to all of his friends in the office while I settle at my desk, turn the computer on, and scan through emails to see if anything urgent needs attention immediately. If everything looks good, I will spend some time going through socials, catching up with the latest news, getting some inspiration, and planning some posts.
I am quite methodical when it comes to work, and I live by the principle of “eat your frogs first.” Over the years, I’ve learned that I am most creative towards the end of the day. I always try to get those difficult or tedious tasks out of the way in the morning so I can spend the afternoon doing more enjoyable creative work. This doesn’t always go to plan though!
How do you balance your interior design & painting work?
Balancing both Interior Design and Art is a constant work in progress, although it has improved a lot since I left my full-time job at an interior design practice and set up my own design studio. This change allows me to be more flexible with my time and helps me structure my days/weeks depending on the work I have taken on. There are times when I am doing 80% interior design and 20% art, and others the opposite.
What excites you most about the creative process
Definitely the process itself – the journey of materialising abstract ideas through shape and colour, utilising both technical and creative skills. I love looking back through an interior project or a painting and reflecting on the intentions behind all the decisions taken that led to the final product.
What’s your favourite colour?
I am drawn to earthy colors that remind me of my homeland Mallorca. I love deep, muddy reds, terracottas, yellows, blues, and greens. Although I find my favourite colour changes through the seasons, a constant favourite is Sudbury Yellow by Farrow & Ball.
Anything you’re working on at the moment that’s exciting you?
After a few years freelancing for other design practices, I have recently finished setting up my own Interior Design Studio, Ro Projects. It has been a long time coming, and I am very excited to see what the future holds. I am also working on the largest commission of paintings I’ve had to date for a hotel in Zurich. Never in my wildest dreams, I would have thought I would be in a position where people would pay me to paint. I feel very lucky to be able to do this work, and I am enjoying every minute of it.
What are you watching/reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished reading “Primavera, estiu, etcètera” by Marta Rojals, an author from Cataluña, Spain. The title translates as “Spring, Summer, etcetera,” and it explores the life crises that lead us to look back and reconnect with our roots.
Where is your favourite place to eat in Bristol?
Why did you choose to come to Gather Round?
After working from home for about a year, I felt my days were blurring into one. I needed a clear separation between work and life, and I was also missing being among other creative people. That’s when I made the decision to join a coworking space. After speaking with lovely Hannah on a Friday afternoon, I was convinced that Gather Round was the right choice and started the following Monday.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Rosa! If you want to see more of Rosa’s work, check out her website.