Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

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Kernow Kei

How did I get to this point? And what do I do?

Firstly- I am passionate about; Cornwall; our history; our culture; our singing and language; and making and taking all of the above and putting it into a normal everyday life, something we just know.

I also love to walk my dogs and enjoy the beauty around me; therefore I like to be dressed appropriately for our Cornish weather, keeping warm and dry. I discovered that neck tubes kept me warm or cool depending how I wore them. I had no ends of a scarf to battle with; they tucked around my neck just fine and would keep my cheeks warm on a cold day.

So I researched into a Cornish option. I could find the Welsh dragon, the St Andrews cross for Scotland, even four leaf clovers for Ireland but nothing for Cornwall. So off I went to source material to make my own. There was no suitable material-just wool blends and cotton polyester which are great for traditional scarfs, but not for my work. Eventually I found some one that would make appropriate material in a small amount- enabling me to make my own neck tubes for myself and family.

It took off! I had a bike club approach me, amongst many other people, so last summer I decided to fill the gap in the market, and started to make what I call ‘KK’ tubes. The material is versatile and is great for other items such as boxer trunks and ladies knickers. Hey presto-I am now making and selling!

I have a face book page for ‘Kernow Kei’ and a shop on Etsy called Kernow Kei. You can also find me at various festivals and shows through the year and I will be in St Ives at the Guildhall on a regular basis every fortnight on a Tuesday.  Anyone is welcome to visit me in my studio and I will gladly show you my creations. Please email me to get in touch.




Key Contact Merryn Rogers

Studio 108b
Percy Williams Building
West Park
TR15 3AJ

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