Particle Press is a homewares and gifts brand inspired by nature. Fiona Leighton 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 magazines such as Country Living, Country Homes and Interiors and The Simple Things Magazine.
You can watch a creative converstaion below between myself and fellow Cornish creative Mel Chadwick if you'd like a tour of my workspace.
I am based outside Falmouth, near a small village called Constantine, in Cornwall, UK. A beautiful spot, surrounded by fields and woodland. You can hear the owls call, the songbirds sing and the buzzards mewing as they coast the thermal currents down the valley. We live very close to the Helford River with its coves and creeks - and not too far away from the Lizard, and sandy beaches. I am very lucky to live and work in the same place, it makes juggling family life a little bit easier.
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 more 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 turquoise sea and lush green hedgerows of Cornwall, where I set up my little Print studio, and Particle Press was born.
How it is made
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.
Particle press products are stocked in various shops throughout the UK and Europe. You can visit my stockist page to find your nearest stockist.
If you are a shop or a gallery, and you would like to become a PP stockist, I would love to hear from you!
I would love to hear any comments or feedback about my work - or if you need any help with your order feel free to get in touch.Get in touch