Helen Round’s new shop opens at Mt Edgcumbe

Designer Maker, Helen Round has launched her first shop and studio early this month in the stunning grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Cornwall, supported and warmly welcomed by Mount Edgcumbe Manager Chris Burton.

Helen Round, Designer and Founder said: “Even the best laid plans couldn’t have foreseen Cornwall having snow! Roads were impassable in places, Mount Edgcumbe Park was closed to visitors due to high winds, snow and ice, but somehow we found a way through and managed to get it all done in time for the opening.”

Even though the park was shut to the public for most of Thursday and Friday last week, Helen’s team, friends and family worked tirelessly to ensure the shop in the listed Barrow Centre could open on schedule.

“With frozen pipes and still no electricity at lunch time on Friday, I did wonder if we could go ahead as planned. Fuelled by Cornish determination and helped along by a delivery of my daughter’s delicious homemade pasties, magic seemed to happen!” Said Helen. Mount Edgcumbe Manager, Chris Burton added; “Even as the weather set in there was no stopping Helen and the team!”

Chris and his team went the extra mile and gritted all access routes to the Barrow Centre to ensure guests would be able to attend the opening.

Helen added: “It’s has, without doubt, been a real team effort…with the support of Mount Edgcumbe, Chris, The Park Wardens, friends and family we certainly wouldn’t be open.”

Sadly the weather did mean that Guest of honor Sarah James. Director of the Bovey Craft Festival was unable to travel, so Christine Goodman, Deputy Mayor of Torpoint kindly stepped in to host the celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am with Chris Burton.

Christine Goodman said: “Helen’s shop is a little gem waiting to be discovered, with the added appeal that visitors can actually meet and talk to the makers behind the products. I can see this creative business is going to grow!”

Helens work commands a loyal following of supporters and those who were undeterred by the inclement weather were welcomed with a glass of bubbly and an exclusive gift bag from the designer.

This special occasion was the first opportunity for UK customers to view the whole collection in one place and see some of the team at work in the studio space, which will also host regular craft workshops throughout the year.

Helen Round, Designer and Founder said: “It’s really exciting to be part of Mount Edgcumbe and The Barrow Centre. Our workshop calendar is up and running, we have plans for a great selection of guest designer/makers in the shop and are developing a series of events with Plymouth College of Art, exhibiting work from new, up and coming talent from their degree programmes”.

As well as showcasing her unique designs, Helen is confident that her new venture will continue to create local employment opportunities and offer further apprenticeships to those wishing to develop careers within the craft and textiles industry.

Christine also added: “This venture started off as an idea and look at it today! It shows what can be achieved, especially in an area where there are employment challenges”

The shop will be open 11am – 4pm daily and features Helen’s hand-printed linen and signature homeware products, including her popular lampshades, kitchen linens and beautifully crafted accessories; all made in the studio using ethically sourced materials.

 

First published in the Torpoint Advertiser – April 2018

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