Muddy meets: The Bohwne
Hannah Whale is an awe inspiring an artist with an impressive CV – graduating from Falmouth College of Art in 2004, the same year she was chosen as one of Donna Karen’s 20 New Designers. 120 pieces of her work showcased in Donna Karen’s flagship store in Bond Street, London. Subsequent shows at the Craft’s Council and in galleries from London to St Ives followed. She’s also an author, with two books under her belt – a gothic novel The Return of the Fair and the deeply personal A Sharp Scratch, One woman’s journey with Breast Cancer a collaborative project between herself, her cancer and photographer Eileen Long.
And hooray for Liskeard, she’s also sole custodian of The Bohwne Yard an edgy, unique, quirky, stinky, nice and not so nice gift shop. Despite all this humbling achievement, Hannah is resolute and extremely likeable.
Just before Christmas The Bohwne Yard popped up in new premises in The Cattle Market, Liskeard. I first met Hannah, while she had a space up at Sterts Theatre in Upton Cross. Her shop was closed that day, but I bullied next door neighbour Simon from Country Pumpkin and he let me in with the spare key (it’s like that in Cornwall). I snapped up some of her fabulous soaps.
The new space at Shed 17 is a cabinet of curiosities and just what Liskeard needs to counteract the proliferation of budget chain stores in the area. She makes really beautiful products, some dark, some light hearted, but all with a modern edge that isn’t always easy to find out this way.
You’ll want her unique silver jewellery, Gothic sculptures, homeware, dark artwork and her popular nostalgic speed drawings reproduced on cards and mugs. She also stocks other artisan pieces from Particle Press (check out their lampshades).
I had a love at first sight moment with her ‘Altered ceramics’ deviant dinnerware collection –upcycled granny crockery with new imagery overlaid creating a kitsch edgy new product. I bought a plate adorned with pistols and a teapot. Some of the more subversive items are an acquired taste (so me though!), and the MIL would probably describe them as ‘interesting’, but there’s no denying her originality.
If you can’t get to her shop, then good news – she has a beautiful website The Bohwne Yard for you to browse at leisure.
The Bohwne Yard, Shed 17, The Cattle Market, Liskeard, PL14 4BA