28 August 2014
By Dieneke Ferguson
15th – 17th August 2014
As in previous years I visited the Cornwall Design Fair again, which was held as previous years on the stunning grounds of the 18th century Trereife House near Penzance.
Normally I do a quick tour on the Saturday after having arrived and then take more time on the Sunday to talk to the exhibitors and see their work.
Athough there were rainy moments overall as in previous years it was very enjoyable, in the stunning surroundings entertained by Gwelhellin and Jonathan English.
This year I noticed many new exhibitors, some who had just graduated and others that had started their designing career at a later stage.
Mirjana Smith Graduating from University College Falmouth in 2011 where she focused on assemblage art from found objects. The use of second hand and discarded objects is paramount in Mirjana’s work. She constructs her pieces from bought found and discarded teapots, kettles and other kitchenalia, combining these with unusual joining methods to create quirky, original and witty characterized assemblages. She exhibited at One Year on.
Cornwall Design Fair 2014, Mirjana Smith
CVA Editions began with the concept to combine English manufacturing quality with bright contemporary furniture and designer style. This evolving process led to a combination of hand working, digital and machine manufacture that creates carefully and sustainably made pieces that are truly original and unique. They are made in the South West of England.
Nix jewellery is made using tiny Japanese Miyuki beads which are made from glass. The beads have various finishes to them, ranging from metallics, shiny, opaque and silver lined to name but a few.
Each piece is handmade by weaving together each bead individually with an extremely strong nylon thread, which although strong is also very flexible, making the finished bracelets and cuffs soft and comfortable to wear, like a beaded fabric. The cuffs can take up to two days to make, as there are over 2,000 beads in each one.
Niki first started making beaded cuffs and bracelets in 2012 after discovering these tiny little Miyuki beads. After teaching herself how to bead weave she then started to experiment with colours and designs.
Kate Hasted uses a variety of techniques including shibori, silk screen printing, block printing and marbling with a wide variety of paints and finishes to create experimental abstract patterns and prints.
Lynne Bartlett uses lightweight metals such as titanium and anodised aluminium for her bracelets and other jewellery. The surface colouring of titanium draws on results from PhD research.
Karen Trower makes often life-size soft sculpture in leathers and silks. She moved back to England from Valencia.
Given that Hidden Art celebrates its 25th year, it was also good to see so many designers that were members from Hidden Art Cornwall when it was set up in 2006.
We are really pleased that the work of 100 Metres is now for sale at the Hidden Art E-Shop here
This also included Green & Blue with their award winning Birdball and their latest product Beehouse Blocks which are inspired by the solitary bees’ habit of using holes in old walls to lay their eggs. The ‘Bee Blocks’and ‘bricks’ are made from polished cast concrete. They provide a safe, year-round nesting site that can be positioned anywhere in the garden or built into new buildings and walls.
There was also Samme Charlesworth whose work didn’t look out of place in the historical setting of Trereife House itself.
And Poppy Treffrye’s range of textile homewares, fashion accessories always put a smile on my face.
Emily Nixon is inspired by the sculptural forms and textures of the coastline which are a constant fascination for her.
Margot Hartley’s jewellery is made from copper, brass and sterling silver.
Cornwall Design Fair 2014, Margot Hartley
it was good to see as well that many were coming from outside of Cornwall attracted by the friendliness of the Fair which has become part of the annual fair circuit.
In addition to the work from the designers and makers there was a wide range of activities available, including workshops, demonstrations and talks. Children could take part in design led activities from Truro Art, storytelling, music, and other entertainment. The café was selling local produce.
And again, courtesy of Trereife House I stayed in one of their apartments, which included fridge, microwave and cooking faciltiies.
I am looking forward to next year’s fair.
For more information please visit the Cornwall Design Fair Website.
For mor information on Trereife House