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About Particle Press
Particle Press is a Home wares and gifts brand inspired by nature. Fiona Leighton (that's 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 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!
We are 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 are 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.
My work has changed quite considerably since having my two children. My fabric collections were all screen printed by hand in my studio, but since juggling full time childcare, I found new ways to create imagery! 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 I still had the satisfaction of mixing colours like I used to do in screen print studio. This way of working also meant that I could work between nap times and in the evenings. 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.
I run a programme of workshops throughout the year, including lampshade making and screen printing. I really enjoy teaching, I love being able to pass on my knowledge and skill.
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.
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 with us