November 19, 2017
Who is Particle Press
Particle Press is a Homewares and gifts brand inspired by nature. Fiona Leighton (thats me!) is the name behind this Cornish based business. I run Particle Press alongside being a Mum to my two small children. All my work is inspired by the British countryside. I grew up in the North East of Scotland, and spent all my childhood outdoors, playing, learning and immersing myself in nature and the outdoors. I was a very keen birdwatcher, and I am overwhelmed by the array of birds here in Cornwall. My work is particularly inspired by wild flowers from the overgrown hedgerows and meadows. Birds, insects, nests and small creatures all make an appearance somewhere. I design and make fabric for homewares, and my work also adorns cards, tea towels, aprons and stationery.
My work has been featured in many magazines and online. You can watch an interview with me here in my studio.
Whats your story?
I grew up in a small Scottish town called Lossiemouth in Scotland. I was lucky to grow up by the sea, but also be surrounded by woodland and mountains! What ore could a child wish for! I went to Aberdeen to study a degree in Printmaking at Grays school of Art, and then went on to complete a Masters in Printmaking at the RCA in London, where I also met my husband. We lived and worked in London for 8 years, and I taught Printmaking at London Print Studio. We then headed South to the turqoise sea and lush green hedgerows of Cornwall, where I set up my little Print studio, and Particle Press was born.
How is it made?
I used to illustrate and screen print all my work, but since having my children, I found new ways to create imagery when I had to work between nap times and in the evenings. In 2017 I set about joining in with the 100 day project on Instagram, and I painted 100 birds for 100 days. This opened up a new way of working, one which was instant and colourful, and still as satisfying to mix colours as it is in the screen print studio. All my paintings were then scanned and I developed my first range of digitally printed fabrics.
With emphasis on colour and quality, all my designs are made and produced in the UK. As much as possible, I try and partner with local makers, and work with suppliers from Falmouth to Manchester. See my manufacture and care page for more information!
You can watch me here hand making a lampshade in my studio.
Where can we find you?
Particle press products are stocked in various shops throughout the UK and Europe. You can visit my stockist page for more information.
If you'd like to become a PP stockist, I would love to hear from you! Visit our wholesale page for more information, or contact me through the contact form
You can also find me online at notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy.com
Print Studio and workshops
Surrounded by green fields, cows, and sauntering pheasants, my studio is nestled in to the countryside, around 10 minutes to Falmouth. I run a programme of workshops throughout the year, including lampshade making and screen printing. I really enjoy teaching. being able to pass on knowledge and skill is something that I am very passionate about. This is a testimonial from a recent attendant:
"Thank you so much for a brilliant new experience today.
I feel utterly inspired and have gone home ready to make some pencil marks into some sketches, something I wouldn't have felt motivated to do!
It was really interesting to see how everyone worked and got so much from the day.....you are a fabulous teacher and so generous in sharing your skills and incredible workshop, the refreshments were way, way beyond any expectation and love to meet someone that enjoys a cup of tea as much as me."
I am also a very keen baker, and I will greet you with a large pot of tea and something deliciously home baked.
Up next for Particle Press is the most amazing Christmas fair set in the beautiful bay of Mawgan Porth, at the top of the hill in the Bedruthan Steps Hotel. Enjoy some Christmas shopping with over 50 stalls, you can find little old me in the gift hall area.
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