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Students from A level Art and Design and Business Studies attended a guest lecture from Tara Ashe, designer and owner of Block Design, at Plymouth University on 12th December 2013. 

Tara talked through her inspirational journey which was followed by an interactive workshop exploring business themes from her talk.  Tara recently received Mary Portas funding to open a retail outlet, a new Concept Shop, as part of the regeneration of Liskeard. This was featured on Channel 4’s Mary Queen of the High Street Block - Mary Portas.  She said she leads a passionate, innovative UK design company and has been producing designer home accessories in Britain since 2000.

Block products regularly feature in glossy magazines and Block jewellery is currently on sale at the National Portrait Gallery: Block - National Portrait Gallery.  This was really insightful event for all students involved and both Tara and Charlotte True, who co-ordinated the event, commented on the high quality of questions asked by our students, saying it was probably the best interactive session held in the widening participation programme.

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