Cygnets was founded by married artists Tabby and Hessy in April 2015. Tabby studied illustration at Central Saint Martins, and Hessy: Fine Art at Kingston University. Today, they run Cygnets Headquarters from Cornwall with their son Rudy and dog Badger.
Having worked together at an art school in London, in 2015 Tabby and Hessy decided to open their own in Kingston upon Thames, where they lived at the time, on their houseboat Lady Rose of Regents. There seemed, surprisingly, to be a large hole in the market for proper, traditional art classes. And it seemed this wasn't just an issue local to the area. Although there are plenty of "art clubs" or "craft classes" there was, and is, a definite lack of real, step-by-step tuition in drawing, painting and sculpture.
Although Cygnets Kingston started small with just a couple of classes, the school grew quickly in popularity, and in 2017 Tabby and Hessy opened a second branch in nearby Richmond upon Thames.
Along with a growing list of services and happy customers, the list of Cygnets' students grew and grew. Today these branches run over twenty classes with 150+ students every week. The couple have also since opened Cygnets St. Ives, after moving to Cornwall in 2021.
In 2018, Tabby and Hessy decided to franchise the business, to share the magic Cygnets formula with other creatives across the country! The first franchise opened later that year in nearby Twickenham, on the famous Eel Pie Island, and new branches have been opening up ever since.
If you would like to read more about Cygnets' history, please click here to see our Director's Story written by Tabby Booth.
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