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.
I have recently rediscovered painting after taking part in an Instagram 100 day project back in March 2017. For 100 days, I painted 100 birds that I 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 my Cornish Studio