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The window – showcasing the work of students from The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) – is on display at Fortnum & Mason’s iconic London Piccadilly store from 5th until 18th September 2022

‘WONDERS OF THE UNDERSEA WORLD’ includes an intense deep sea backdrop with intricate eel, octopus and jellyfish architectural models made by students, depicting a futuristic view of life undersea. Shimmering glass and enamel fish dance around in deep water while extraordinary brightly coloured glass coral lace lie on the seabed.

TCDT offers free online and in-venue workshops, taught by world-class craft specialists, to 14–19-year- olds who wish to develop their hand skills. TCDT aims to have 80% of participants from less advantaged backgrounds and direct recruiting is at targeted schools.

TCDT students have demonstrated the potential to forge a career pathway where precise hand-eye co- ordination and an understanding of 3-dimensional shapes are prerequisite. Alumni have gone on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, fine art, jewellery making, art conservation, glass working, theatre design, fashion, and costume design. Student work from TCDT workshops is used to support applications for further education and jobs.


Students from four different TCDT workshops came together to develop this collaboration:

  • The architectural models were constructed in workshops at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects (AHMM). Students benefitted from one-to-one guidance from AHMM’s head model maker.
  • The wonderful deep sea fish and coral lace were cut and blended at the fused glass workshop at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
  • The brightly coloured enamelled fish on silver were created by students under the tutelage of award winning Tomiko Ravn at a workshop at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.
  • The backdrop was created by students with internationally renowned fresco painter Sarah Hocombe at a Painting Techniques workshop at leading multidisciplinary design and fabrication company Zone Creations Ltd.

The collaboration was brought together by TCDT Trustee Simon Costin, a set designer who brings the creativity of art installation to editorial and fashion shows alike. His clients have included Alexander McQueen, H&M, Valentino, Gucci, YSL and Faberge.

“The chance to exhibit work in a window display at the iconic Fortnum & Mason has been an unforgettable experience for the students – which also provided fantastic one-off additions to their portfolios. The theme forced students to think about living undersea, and they rose to the challenge by producing results of a high standard. Many, many thanks to Fortnum & Mason and everyone else involved.” Penny Bendall, TCDT Founder and CEO

The Creative Dimension Trust (TCDT) offers workshops, with free tuition and materials, to young people who show potential in forging a career pathway where precise hand-eye co-ordination, and the ability to understand and construct 3-dimensional shapes are prerequisite. TCDT offers a wide range of workshops from stone carving and embroidery to calligraphy and architectural model making. TCDT also offers a range of work experience placements. The Trust is determined to show its talented young attendees the vast range of potential employment opportunities related to the transferable skills students develop through our diverse programme. Its work is entirely dependent on the generosity of others. Everything it does requires collaboration, partnership and goodwill. TCDT was founded in 2016 by Penny Bendall, a ceramics conservator and holder of a Royal Warrant by appointment to The Queen.

Fortnum & Mason is essential for anyone in search of extraordinary food, joy-giving things, unforgettable experiences and exceptional service. First founded in London in 1707 after Queen Anne gave her footman William Fortnum permission to sell on discarded candles from St James’s Palace, Fortnum’s has been privileged to enjoy a close relationship with the British Royal household ever since – holding several warrants throughout its history, including two from Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. Every year, millions of people from around the world visit the Piccadilly flagship to enjoy Fortnum’s famous Afternoon Tea and shop in its plentiful food, gift and fragrance halls. The iconic brand is celebrated for its teas, Scotch eggs, handmade chocolates, and wicker hampers – each of which play a large part in its centuries of history – and today remains committed to imagination and discovery.

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