Cornish Makers

I’ve been in Cornwall for just over 4 years now and within that time I have met some talented makers and creative folk.  When you’re within a creative environment like that of Falmouth, Cornwall there is an abundance of different kinds of disciplines and practices taking place. From painters, illustrators, crafty types and makers

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A Buzz In The Borders

It has been a long wait this year, but at last I’ve heard the sound that for me marks beginning of spring: that unmistakable buzz of a large, fuzzy bumblebee.

I don’t need to see her. From the sound alone I can tell she’s a queen buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris). And then I spot her. She buzzes and bumbles over the lawn in a low, zig-zagging flight. The search for a nesting place has begun...

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SpringHelen Duncan
To The Lighthouse

The settlement of Melvaig looks distinctly unsettled. There’s spaces between the cottages that wait to be filled but instead new residents build on plots flung out at awkward angles from the village and coastline...

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Forests: fables, folk stories and fairytales

I grew up with a forest fascination. My mother’s side of the family are Polish, so there’s always been a tradition of folk stories; I remember one in particular about a little girl whose stepmother demands roses in midwinter, snowdrops in summer and so on. She hides down the well and meets twelve mysterious figures who each provide her with what she requires in order to appease the wicked stepmother.

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MusingsSarah Hardman
Creative in the Countryside: Jules Hogan

Nicola:  Can you tell us about Jules Hogan Knitwear?  We’d love to know how your business has evolved to where it is today?

Jules:  I started the collection in 2010 while working full-time for a knitwear design studio in London. We focused on knit as constructed textiles with a hint within the design of the fabrics’ end use, mainly garments for men and women.

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CreativeNicola Judkins
The Folklore of Snowdrops

A tiny, fragile milk-flower clustered resolutely in the bitter and frosted winter’s soil - bringer of hope to some yet loathed by so many. Believed by some to have been brought to England by monks, the humble Snowdrop hails from the mountainous Alpine regions where the world is much colder and winters much harsher.

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MusingsSarah Porteus
Creative in the Countryside: Rhiannon Hooson

Nicola:  I’d love for you to start by telling us about the work you do and your journey to where you are today?

Rhiannon:  I make my living as a poet in the Welsh borders.  My first book, The Other City, was published by Seren Books about a year ago, and was recently shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award.

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CreativeNicola Judkins
Changing Habitats: from the familiar to the new

At the end of last year, we made the move from the Lancashire Pennines to the Inner Hebrides: the Isle of Skye, in fact. I grew up in the Pennines, in a valley of mill towns and stone villages surrounded by moorland. It’s a place I know intimately: the topography, the quiet places, the history and the people.

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MusingsSarah Hardman
Creative in the Countryside: The Simpson Sisters

Nicola:  Can you start by telling us about the Simpson Sisters?  We’d love to know what you do and how your business came about?

Vanessa: The Simpson Sisters began as a way for me to utilise my skills and experiences in a way I enjoy. I had many different jobs over the years, but often felt trapped by the constraints of office life. So about 18 months ago I took the plunge and decided to work for myself.

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CreativeNicola Judkins