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Supporting innovation at Cockington Court

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

VINTAGE: Maddy Heaton at her studio

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COCKINGTON Court Craft Centre is proving to be a great venue for Mads Vintage and Cockington Rocking Horses.

Specialising in vintage clothing and accessories, Maddy Heaton opened her studio last summer and hasn't looked back. Maddy upcycles and recycles a vast range of products and says the last few months have enabled her to build up her reputation and develop a range of products and designs.

Maddy has been so successful at Cockington Court, that she now makes items to sell in Totnes and is also planning on selling her items further afield to vintage fairs.

"Cockington is a great place to be based with everything that's going on here," she said. "The events which are held are really good for bringing people in."

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"Having the studio has enabled me to be creative, it's given me a wonderful opportunity, I really do enjoy being here."

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre director, added: "Maddy is very talented and has developed some great designs. Upcycling and recycling are very popular and I'm sure programmes such as Downton Abbey must provide an immense source of inspiration to her customers, helping to keep the 1920s a popular era."

Also thriving at Cockington Court is Cockington Rocking Horses run by Jack Bowman. Whether its tractors or push along horses, he can't make the wooden toys fast enough.

"Last year was a very busy year. We haven't stopped with our wooden toys, restoring rocking horses and making new ones.

"We can burn names onto the toys and this is especially popular with people queuing up wanting to have their toys personalised. It's really satisfying."

And he explained that Sarah Hodge is developing the natural wood toy range, gradually adding more animals and other items such as tractors and lorries. Sarah is also being trained up to help restore and make rocking horses. One of the latest projects Jack and Sarah are working on is the restoration of a Cleveland Bay, an historic breed of English horse.

As well as being a member of the prestigious Guild of Rocking Horse Makers, Cockington Rocking Horses is also a member of the British Toymakers Guild.

Jack praised Cockington Court Craft Studios as a great place to be based. "It's very special here, I love it."

Marissa Wakefield, said: "It's great to see the range of toys expanding and developing and I look forward to seeing what Jack and Sarah come up with next."

Cockington Court Craft Centre is run by Torbay Development Agency as a visitor attraction and innovation centre to support small creative businesses in the Bay. For more information visit www.cockingtoncourt.org

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