Behind The Scenes at The Garden Gate Flower Company

posted on May 22nd, 2015 by Laura Ellis

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We stumbled across The Garden Gate Flower Company whilst exploring Fowey, the inspiration behind this season’s collection. On seeing the beautiful flower fields we knew we had to plan a photography shoot there.

Becca and Maz, the owners, grow the prettiest organic flowers and foliage. They spend their time lovingly watering, weeding and preparing the plants. And, when ready, turn their hand to creating beautiful floral arrangements.

Amongst the flowers and hazy, Cornish sunshine, we spent the day photographing our SS15 collection.

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Tom Raffield

posted on May 15th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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If you’ve visited the very pretty riverside town of Hereford recently, you might have noticed we’ve just opened a brand new shop there.

We really love taking the time to make sure the interior design of all our shops is beautiful. with carefully considered features and special areas. For our Hereford shop, we wanted to do something a little different so we’ve teamed up with award winning Cornish craftsman, Tom Raffield. He’s a very talented woodwork designer who specialises in steam-bent wooden furniture and lighting pieces. We wanted to showcase some of Tom’s work by bringing his beautiful Cornish craftsmanship to Hereford.

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Here at Seasalt, we’ve been big fans of Tom’s fantastic contemporary lighting and furniture for quite some time now, so when we launched our homeware collection last year, we knew exactly who to contact to create some really impressive pieces. His lovely chairs and tables sit proudly in our Seasalt shops and look great against our Cornish Home range. Every piece you see has been caringly handcrafted in his studios in Helston, here in Cornwall. The wood he uses is sustainably sourced and each piece is finished with an eco-friendly, non-toxic varnish.

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It was whilst he studying at Falmouth College of Arts, just down the road from our Seasalt Design Studios, that Tom became fascinated with a woodwork technique called steam bending. It’s this technique that gives his work its distinctive bends and curves.

If you live in Hereford or you’re visiting during the summer, pop into our new shop to view Tom’s collection. Take the weight off your feet and try out the beautiful steam-bent upholstered armchair, stools and benches, rummage though our displays on the striking oak tables and peruse our clothes hung on Tom’s sturdy steam-bent oak rails.

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To top it off, the shop’s been transformed by a very special lighting display, showcasing 18 of Tom’s designs suspended throughout.

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We’d love to know which your favourite piece is, make sure you leave us a comment or send us a picture on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Cornish Gardens in Bloom

posted on April 10th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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Now that spring has sprung, we’re looking forward to visiting some of our favourite Cornish Gardens. Here’s a selection of our top spots in Cornwall that are open to the public over the next few weeks.

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Did you know? Tregothnan began supplying England’s first tea, which partly contains home-grown leaves in 2005. That’s 10 years of tea!

For one weekend a year, Tregothnan opens its usually private gates to the public to give people the opportunity to explore the workings of their beautiful grounds. This year, the historic estate will be open on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April. Tickets are £10 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

The estate is located on banks of the beautiful River Fal. Keep an eye out for the sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves, relax and unwind in the stunning surroundings of the ancient camellias and explore the mountainous magnolias. Oh and the garden boasts the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower!

Foodie tip: make sure you tuck into a Cornish cream tea, served with a cup of Tregothnan’s tea which is grown on site

Enys Gardens
Famed for its microclimate, the gardens at Enys are almost frost free all year round which enables many tender plants and ancient trees to flourish. There are 30 acres to explore and in the spring, the spectacular six-acre carpet of bluebells in the parkland, known as Parc Lye, is an amazing sight to behold.

Foodie tip: pop into their café and try some of the honey produced by the estate’s colony of bees. They call their honey “Tinkerbell” due to its light, delicate citrus flavour!

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Situated above the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River near Falmouth, Glendurgan boasts three steep valleys of sub-tropical gardens. Lose yourself in the 1830s maze of clipped cherry laurel, walk the coastal paths and explore the wild Cornish blooms but most of all, don’t forget to take a moment to listen out for birdsong and babbling brooks.

Foodie tip: after a morning hiking the valleys, stop off at Glendurgan’s Tea House and enjoy a well-deserved slice of cake, homemade on the estate

Pull on your wellies and get exploring, we’d love to see which spring shoots you discover. Why not post a few pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – don’t forget to tag us in!

A Day Sketching at the Eden Project

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

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The Eden Project has played a huge part in inspiring our SS15 collection. Wina and Matt from our graphic design team, spent the day wandering around the biomes, sketching and taking photos. Here’s a little peek at what they got up to…

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A Seasalt Solar Eclipse

posted on March 20th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

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We were very excited about the eclipse this morning and were relieved the weather stayed clear for us.

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The team at GeoScience Limited invited us over to share the experience with them. They showed us their telescope set up which projected an image of the eclipse on to a piece of paper, and let us use some of their equipment – including some rather fetching goggles that enabled us to watch the moon pass over the sun. We think Neil loved the goggles most!

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Whilst not quite as high tech as some of the GeoScience equipment our colander also showed the spectacle off in all its glory, creating lots of mini eclipses.

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Did you manage to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse? We’d love to see your photos – share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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The First Shoots of Spring

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

Despite the cool wind and pouring rain we’ve spotted spring trying to show itself. There are lambs in the fields and spring flowers shooting up in the fields and hedgerows. Here’s a few snaps of daffodils and snowdrops we’ve found on our travels.

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Birds of a Feather Flock to SS15

posted on February 6th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

Living in an area with dramatic coastlines and open moorland means there is a wide variety of animals making their homes here. Cornish wildlife is very important to us here at Seasalt and is a common source of inspiration for our designers and Seasalt Artists alike.

You may have noticed a theme running through our SS15 collection. Whether it’s our Magpie Cardigan, Raven Dress, Little Grebe Smock or Nut Hatch Cardigan, our latest arrivals are peppered with pretty bird prints and products named after our favourite avian creatures.

Below are just a couple of our favourites accompanied by beautiful sketches by our talented Seasalt Artists.

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Our Turnstone Scarf is named after the crustacean loving sea bird of the same name. With brown or black upper plumage, white belly and orange legs the turnstone can be found in many coastal areas, often trying to peck at a crab or two!

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The small, plump sanderling lends its name to our new leaf print cardigan. This amusing little sea bird likes long sandy beaches and can be seen running away from incoming waves while it tries to feast on small marine worms and molluscs at the shoreline.

Even our prints this season feature our feathered friends. The Cornish Chough has a print all to itself, puffins adorn our tea towels and blue tits, finches, siskins and thrushes make up the beautiful Cornish Birds print.

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These are just a few of the birds featured this year. Have you spotted any others? Let us know your favourites on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Behind The Scenes of our Charity Jute Bag Press Launch

posted on January 30th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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Earlier in the week, we packed our bags and took a trip to the big city to launch our Charity Jute Bags to some of the country’s top media and bloggers.

The bags have been exclusively designed by some of our well known friends, Dame Judi Dench, Savannah Miller, Alex Polizzi and Monty Halls. £1 from each of the Jute Shoppers will be donated straight to Fishermen’s Mission, a charity we’ve been working with for the last few years now. The bags will be on sale from the end March, but we wanted to give the press a sneak peak of the unique designs.

The event was held at the very chic Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House right in the heart of London.

The Seasalt Marketing Team arrived early in the afternoon to arrange the limited edition jutes, fill the goodie bags full of Cornish treats and dress the waiters in unique Seasalt print aprons. With minutes to spare, we pulled on our Lottie Dresses and it was time to welcome to crowds.

As the journalists arrived, the fantastic Fishwives Choir struck up their accordions and belted out a song or two about the wild seas. The atmosphere was charged as the guests reached for a Fish Wives Fizz cocktail, made using Cornish wine maker, Polgoon’s Sparkling Aval.

Two-tiered Fruits De Mer glittered on crushed ice, and the Cornish Oysters were definitely a talking point for lots of people… down in one or give it a chew first?!

We were delighted that Savannah and Monty popped in to say ‘hello’ and shared a glass of fizz with our visitors. All in all it was a fantastic evening and we can’t wait for the bags to launch in our Seasalt Shops and Online. Whose will sell out first?

Let us know what you think of the designs over on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

More details on our limited edition Charity Jute Bags here.

 

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Cornish choughs and a chirpy new print for spring

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

We’ve been excitingly welcoming in beautiful new Seasalt styles over the last couple of weeks, spring is on its way! One particular print has captivated us all. Laura Watson, one of our talented designers, has created a chirpy unique print called Kissing Choughs, featuring Cornwall’s most famous bird.

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At Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland Britain, choughs, which were absent for many years, can now happily be found in abundance. We think Seasalt designer, Laura, has captured their cheeky personalities perfectly in this print.

The chough (pronounced ‘chuff’) is a member of the crow family, sharing the same inky black plumage. However, unlike other crows the cheeky chough has a distinctive and easily identified bright red bill, legs and feet, and a loud, ringing call. It’s this distinct call that gives the chough it’s name. However, the bird’s Cornish name, Palores, means Digger, a reference no doubt to its habit of digging away at loose soil to find invertebrates.

It’s the national bird of Cornwall and features on the coat of arms, proudly sitting on top of the crest flanked by a tin miner and fisherman. It is widely used in Cornish heraldry showing the significance of the bird on Cornish history. One Cornish legend states that King Arthur did not die but was transformed into a red-billed chough, its red feet and bill signifying Arthur’s violent and bloody end.

Sadly the increase of trophy hunters and degradation of the chough’s preferred habitat towards the end of the 18th century meant a steady decline in numbers.

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The year 1947 saw the last successful nesting attempt in Cornwall. An ageing pair of choughs lived near Newquay between 1960–1967 but one of the pair was found dead in March 1967. Its partner patrolled the cliffs alone until 1973 when it too, the last of the Cornish choughs, was seen no more.

For the next 28 years, choughs remained absent from Cornwall. But early in the spring of 2001, a group of three wild choughs took up residence on the Lizard and in 2002, two of the birds raised young, the first in Cornwall in more than 50 years! Happily, thanks to this pioneering duo, there are now 7 breeding pairs, and it is estimated that over 70 youngsters have fledged from Cornish nests.

In the autumn and winter months, flocks can be found performing fantastic acrobatic diving and swooping displays on the Lizard. Favourite chough nesting sites include sea caves, cliff crevices, old buildings, quarries and mine shafts – where they’re safely tucked away from the worst of the Cornish weather. So if you’re taking a stroll around the Lizard peninsula be sure to keep an eye out for the cheeky Cornish bird. If you are lucky enough to spot a chough or two you can report your sightings to the RSPB who are working to help protect them. To report your chough sightings, email cornishchoughs@rspb.org.uk or call 01392 453775.

If you’d like to find out more about Cornwall’s favourite bird this website knows all there is to know about Cornish choughs http://www.cornishchoughs.org/choughs/

These beautiful watercolour choughs were painted by our in-house Seasalt Artist, Matt Johnson.

Photoshoot in Lerryn & The Fowey Hall Hotel

posted on January 6th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

We’re incredibly lucky here at Seasalt to get out and explore different parts of Cornwall for each season’s photoshoots. Part of our SS15 collection took us to Lerryn, a beautiful village situated on the river which you can cross by an Elizabethan bridge or via a set of stepping stones.  Our location shoot also took us to the Fowey Hall Hotel, which is believed to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows.

We’ve put together a few photos taken whilst on location so you too can get lost in the beauty of our surroundings. Keep an eye out for one of our models taking a little rest by the river.

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