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Particle Press Studio,Tresahor Vean, Nr Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5PL
Established in 2011, Fiona Leighton runs Particle Press, a small screen print studio located just outside Falmouth, UK.
Particle Press began with a dream to combine my love for flowers, nature and birdwatching with bright homewares and gifts. Fiona’s products are designed in her countryside studio. The studio is nestled amongst huge oak trees, overlooking rolling fields, and bordered by rambling hedgerows, providing ever changing seasonal inspiration .
Starting out as drawings and paintings, all products are designed in her studio, and are either screen printed or translated in to full colour fabric designs, and then handmade in to a range of products, including lampshades, cushions, kitchenware and stationery.
Fiona Leighton was born in Elgin, Scotland in 1983, I studied for a BA in Printmaking at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, and went on to study for a Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in London in 2004.
After graduating from the RCA, I continued making work from my London studio, and I also went on to teach printmaking at London Print Studio.
After getting married, my husband and I moved to Cornwall in 2011, to a remote converted barn just outside Falmouth. After converting an outbuilding in to a print studio, I designed the space to be able to paint, print and package orders, and also teach screen print workshops.
Particle Press was born from a love for fabric printing, which I only discovered after graduating from the Royal College of Art. I trained in printing on paper, rather than textiles, but having an in-depth knowledge of the process helped to translate over to fabric printing.
I have recently rediscovered painting after setting my self a 100 day project of painting 100 birds that I had spotted around our garden and farmland. This collection of work opened up a new avenue for my work, which allows me to use full colour designs, and fabric by the metre, rather than small runs of screen printed panels.
Screen printing still remains at the crux of my design, and the process from start to finish is very important. I make smaller runs of limited edition screen printed products, to compliment my fabric range.
I teach screen print workshops throughout the year, from introduction courses to advanced courses for all ages in Cornish Studio.
Top Drawer Press Release:
Particle Press selected to exhibit at International Trade Show
Particle Press is one of 15 Cornish businesses to have been selected to represent Cornwall in a ‘Cornwall Style’ delegation in the CRAFT section of world class trade show Top Drawer in January
With its rich history, Cornwall has always been famous for producing world-class artists and sculptors, inspired by its slow pace of life and dramatic scenery. At Particle Press, Fiona takes inspiration from the wild hedgerows, rambling fields and Cornish woodland to produce a range of homewares and gifts.
This is Particle Press’s first trade show of its kind. The opportunity to exhibit at Top Drawer is well coveted in the lifestyle community. Fiona from Particle Press said, “I’m really proud to have been chosen for exhibiting at Top Drawer, as I am impressed with the quality of work selected for the show. I have recently designed a range of fabrics based on a series of 100 paintings, and I am looking forward to showcasing the designs which have been used for a new homeware range. Im excited to see my new designs alongside my limited edition screen printed ranges”
As a hotbed for cultural organisations, Cornwall boasts a vibrant culture encompassing large-scale festivals, small neighbourhood projects, collaborations, individual craftspeople and artists as well as galleries with international reputations. There is a wealth of support for small businesses available. One such initiative is the Export for Growth programme, run by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and funded by the ERDF. Particle Press is thrilled to have been selected to receive a bursary from this programme to support attendance at the show.
For further information on the support available to help businesses trade overseas, and to search for live export opportunities, visit www.great.gov.uk
Notes to Editors
When: 14-16 Jan
Where: Olympia, Kensington, London
Who: Fiona Leighton trading as Particle Press