“Leap are proud to have supported CSA not only as designers but as thought-partners”

Being a supporter of anything that celebrates and encourages sustainability, means that Leap’s relationship with the Cornwall Sustainability Awards (CSA) comes as a natural fit. Both commend those who use their businesses as a source for good, and applaud those who dare to be the change in the world.

Over the last few years, our sustainable studio has worked closely with CSA, developing and designing bespoke eco-trophies made from raw recyclable materials that are presented each year to the winners on the night. Last year, the trophies were the product of a creative collaboration between Tom Raffield and Leap which can be found via Leap’s eco-trophies site – an online space for our sustainable awards.

This year we were delighted to have worked with another Cornish icon, contemporary artist Kurt Jackson (a winner of last year’s Tom Raffield’s x Leap steam bent wood trophies).

Kurt’s Vision

“Last year the Jackson Foundation, the environmental art space established by Caroline Jackson and myself in 2014 in St Just, was awarded two very welcome prizes in these awards, one for the sustainability of the building and one for the business itself. It meant a lot to us, and our team, for all our work to be recognised.”

“For these awards I was thinking about sustainability, the health and the future of the environment. The zeitgeist for the last year or so has been the state of the marine environment, which is becoming contaminated with our plastic waste; we are now aware of the need to work towards a more sensible approach to our use and disposal of this material, for both our own and the wider planet’s health and future.

With this in mind, I chose the beautiful fish the mackerel. It is an important species in the coastal inshore ecosystem. The mackerel feed on other fish, so I placed a Cornish pilchard inside the mackerel. Fortunately, both can be caught sustainably. My Cornish mackerel was cast in recycled waste acrylic with a Cornish tin (shipwreck tin) pilchard inside and a sprinkle of beach-cleaned mermaids tears/nurdles.”

Kurt Jackson, 2018.


From Idea to Action by Leap

Now this is where Leap comes in.

With the vision in mind, it was then up to Leap – through the eco-trophies side of our studio – to creatively join all the dots.

The Physical Process

In order to create the best of the best, we called on eight like-minded businesses – all experts in their fields with a shared passion for creativity and sustainability – to collaboratively bring Kurt’s vision to life.

The process started with a Fish for Thought mackerel, sustainably-caught in local Cornish waters and cast sixteen times by Midton Acrylics in offcut, waste acrylic. Next, tin pilchards made by Kurt with tin found from a Cornish shipwreck were embedded in the casting along with beach nurdles collected by Surfers Against Sewage from local Cornish beaches.

The acrylic mackerel were mounted on hand-finished, sustainably sourced Pentillie Castle oak bases. Then, shaped and crafted by Koos Furniture with a felt bottom made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, before being carefully glued with plant-based resin and finished off with natural petrochemical free oil. All bases, including the fine-rubbed display grade Delabole Slate, were engraved locally in Falmouth by Cut by Beam.

Every element of the trophies were carefully considered to ensure they were as sustainable as they are striking. In order for this one-of-a-kind piece of art to have been made reality, we must thank the incredible work and generosity of all the individuals and businesses that were involved in the project.

Kurt Jackson / Midton Acrylics / Koos Furniture / Delabole Slate / Cut by Beam / Fish for Thought / Surfers Against Sewage

Creative Commitment From The Studio

To manage, the trophies alone took Leap a total of 58 hours from start to finish.

This includes time spent planning the original prototype, liaising with suppliers, figuring out dimensions and materials, developing & managing timelines, designing the base engraving, photographing the finished trophies and much more.

And not forgetting, as well as the trophies, Leap were responsible for the design and creation of certificates, brochures, badges and name cards – bringing the total tally up to 86 hours worth of studio time spent on all aspects of the awards.

Leap are proud to have supported CSA not only as designers but as thought-partners, working with our large network of like-minded businesses to ensure all assets are complete for the night.

Video by St Austell Print


For information on how we can help you celebrate in sustainable style – get in touch with one of our creatives 01726 75551 | ecotrophies.net.

And don’t forget to visit our specialised eco-trophy website ecotrophies.net*.

* ecotrophies.net is a product of Leap

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