Cornwall Design Fair – 16-18 August 2013
This year was the 8th Design Fair in Cornwall and the 4th at the beautiful grounds of Trereife House. Set up in 2008 by Hidden Art Cornwall which was run by University College Falmouth, the Fair has come of age whilst still being true to its roots.
For the second year running I stayed at Trereife House invited by le Grice Family – in the Southey Room. Trereife House is the home of the Le Grice family since 1798 and steeped in history.
As last year I arrived by train from London on the Saturday in the afternoon and left again on Sunday afternoon. Whilst it was still drizzling when I arrived on the Saturday it was glorious on the Sunday, which made the fair really come to life. After my full English breakfast on Sunday morning I started my day with enjoying the sun outside the cafe and soaking in the atmosphere.
The Fair is still true to its origins, a celebration of the quality and diversity of contemporary design in historic surroundings. This makes the fair even more special and makes it into such a relaxed atmosphere both for exhibitors as well as visitors.
There was a lot to do at the Fair, from viewing and purchasing lovely and unique work, to listening to the great music of Gwelhellin whilst eating Cornish burgers or Cornish hotpot washed away by beer, elderflower or great coffee.
There were different workshops for children and adults alike – hat making and clay, and for those interested in following a career as a designer, Cornwall College and Falmouth University offered further information as well as showcasing some of the students’ work.
The Curated exhibition as in past years presented contemporary design in an unusual setting in the historic rooms of the ancient Manor House, Trereife House. The exhibition was stunning this year and the selected work blended in incredibly well with the treasures and artwork at Trereife House.
Whilst initially the Design Fair was mostly targeting Cornish designers and makers, this year there was a large influx of designers from other parts of the UK, including Yorkshire and London. But at the same time there was still a good contingent from Cornwall, not only from existing designers, but also those just starting out.
There were some great new products – and interesting to see that these days you have to come to Cornwall to see new and exciting work from new and established designers.
Here are some of my favourites.
Ingenious chopping board, that enables you to put the chopped vegetables, etc straight in the pan.
Lovely domesticware with a history that doesn’t look out in place with the antiques in Trereife House.
Driftwood wooden surfing boards come in all shapes and sizes from small to large.
Crystalline ceramics – handthrown in porcelain. Crystalline glaze encourages glazes to run and the effects are stunning when cooling rapidly making each piece unique. It didn’t look out in tune in the House.
Lovely original knitted accessories, great hats!
Lynne uses colourful lightweight metals, such as titanium and anodised aluminium.
Peet Leather Textiles
The hats are made from 100% recycled materials using a special method of felt construction. A lovely collection of hats for all occasions. Handstitched and felted hats
Lovely glassware from Rosie Sutcliffe, awarded the Guild of Ten Award for Innovation.
I also love Poppy Treffry’s work, who has been a Hidden Art Cornwall member since it started.
Lizzy Houghton was a Hidden Art member and now is permanently based in Cornwall. She works with felt.
The delicate work of Amy Cooper, porcelain lighting, inspired by the world under the sea.
London-based Lorna Syson, who takes her inspiration from the British outdoors.
Lovely elegant silverware. I particularly liked the silver candlesticks that can be put into different combinations depending on the occasion and table.
In all a very enjoyable weekend, a great place to relax and I look forward to the fair next year.
And this was my sea view in Penzance when about to board the train. Till next year.
9th August 2013
Hidden Art has its own e-shop once again after being based at Culturelabel.com since March 2012. What you will find in our new e-shop are the classic designs of the future from designers such as Thelermont Hupton, Product of Your Environment, J-Me and Aarevalo. Over the next months we will be featuring new products from your well loved designers as well as fresh suggestions from our new collaborations. A selection of our products will still be available at Culturelabel.com.
So watch this space www.hiddenartshop.co.uk and keep up with the latest additions and Hidden Art news on Facebook and Twitter.
First launched in 2005, the Hidden Art Shop www.hiddenartshop.co.uk is a not-for-profit online marketplace that promotes and sells the work of UK designers and makers. Over the years we have managed to reach customers worldwide and have sold to far away places including Japan, Australia, Russia and Canada.
The E-Shop was built in about 7 weeks and would not have been possible without the Hidden Art team Kostas Koutoupis our Online Marketing Assistant and Shopify techie and Donica Leung, Graphic Designer of the new e-shop. Despite it being holiday time, we are grateful for the quick replies of our designers and makers who provided us with the information needed in such a short timescale. Also thank you to Culturelabel who have hosted our E-Shop since March 2012
ABOUT HIDDEN ART
The aim of Hidden Art is to promote and support designers and makers mostly in the UK and Ireland to place their products both nationally and internationally through the Hidden Art E-Shop www.hiddenartshop.com , Social Marketing Campaigns, as well as the Hidden Art website www.hiddenart.co.uk. We provide information and support sessions to help them transform their passion into products.
Hidden Art has also run Hidden Art Select, an initiative which aims to successfully market a range of retail and wholesale products on the Hidden Art E-Shop and other outlets. Started in 2007 Hidden Art Select has launched 22 products to date.
Hidden Art Select kids is a project which matches a designer with a local school in East London which results in the production of products with the designs created by young people.
Hidden Art is the trading name of Mazorca Projects Ltd and is a company Ltd by guarantee.