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Local Artist Thrives at the University Centre

Ella praises the supportive environment at Penzance School of Art for contributing to both her academic and entrepreneurial success.

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Published Monday 29 January 2024

Balancing her growing business and commitments in Cornwall, Ella opted to study locally at the University Centre Truro and Penwith and is currently in her second year, studying HND Art Practice at Penzance School of Art. Having previously studied A levels and the Access to Art and Design course at Penwith College, Ella was already familiar with Art School and some of her lecturers.

The University Centre offers a unique learning environment, where small class sizes fostered a more intimate and focused educational experience and with a well-structured timetable, gives the opportunity for Ella to also focus on running her own business, ‘Mora Cornwall’.

Speaking about her business, Ella explained: “‘Mora’ means to leave land on a voyage or put to sea, in Cornish. I established Mora in early 2020 with the aim of creating affordable and sustainable products that share my love of Cornwall and the sea. As I go along, I am finding more and more ways to reduce the impact of my business as much as I can, and I hope to continue this as I grow. I create all my designs in my little home in the fishing village of Newlyn and I source my products as locally as possible; some are produced just down the road!”

Throughout her academic journey, Ella found unwavering support from her lecturers, crediting them for her personal and professional growth, she said: “All the staff are so supportive and encouraging to do whatever it is that you want. I have been able to develop more skills that I could use to complement my business, and getting a degree is a bonus.”

As Ella honed her skills, she also witnessed a surge in her confidence, she commented: “Completing the course alongside growing a business has built my confidence and helped me to make more products and sell more,” she shared proudly. Notably, Ella overcame personal reservations to recently accept a commission for a life drawing piece, a feat she attributes to the course’s impact on her artistic journey.

As part of the HND Art degree, students are putting together an exhibition that will provide a platform for them to present their unique perspectives and artistic expressions. The Exhibition encapsulates the essence of these students’ artistic journeys, reflecting the ebb and flow of creativity that has flourished during their degree. ‘Waves of Being’ will be held at Penzance School of Art and is open to everyone from Tuesday 20 Feb – Friday 23 Feb, 10am – 4pm and Sat 24 Feb 10am – 1pm.

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