An Art and Craft Revival: The Gardens of Heligan seeks “Heligan Makers”

Posted May 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm in Art, Design, Fashion, Heritage, Luxury, News

Lost Gardens of Heligan SS2Local felt and print-maker Lou Tonkin, artist-in-residence at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

FOLLOWING a successful year with artist-in-residence, local felt and print-maker Lou Tonkin, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, Cornwall  have announce their initiative to champion contemporary makers working with “lost” arts and crafts entitled “Heligan Makers”.

Inspired by crafts of a bygone era, Heligan wants to promote these lost arts and creative skills and so is looking for contemporary craftsmen and women with unique skills to join a select team at the Gardens.

Lost Gardens of Heligan SS3Hand-felted Red Admiral broaches

Heligan Retail Manager Sian Heason says: “It’s been a fantastically popular year for Lou and her Heligan-inspired felt and print work, now our visitors are simply hungry for more. Heligan has always worked hard to preserve its horticultural traditions and practices and this venture is no different; except it’s about crafts and creativity.

“So whether you’re a jewellery maker, a painter, a wood turner, a printmaker, or something we haven’t thought of, as long as you can create unique contemporary hand crafted products, we would love to hear from you.”

Lost Gardens of HeliganBluetit Patch

The Heligan Makers will be able to get inspiration from one of the most romantic and diverse gardens in Britain to create hand-crafted, unique Heligan-inspired items which will then be showcased at Heligan with customers being able to purchase the works in the Heligan shop.

Lost Gardens of Heligan SS4Hand Felted Bluetit Clutch Bag

In addition, there may be the opportunity for Heligan Makers to also create hand-crafted items with produce from the Heligan gardens. The Heligan Estate already produces quality timber, charcoal and wool; the latter of which is the base for all of Lou’s felt creations.

Lost Gardens of Heligan SS5The First Swallows of Summer

Any artisans, artists and craftspeople with a “lost skill”  and who would like to take inspiration from the unique Lost Gardens of Heligan are invited to contact the gardens at with a small biography, a brief description of their work and a selection of five images of work.

by Caroline Simpson

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, 
St Austell,
United Kingdom,
PL26 6EN
Tel/textphone : 00 44 (0) 1726 845100
Fax : 00 44 (0)1726 845101

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