On the Judging Panel for Falmouth University’s Scarf Competition

posted on February 15th, 2017 by Sophie Chadwick

On Saturday morning I headed down to Porthmeor Studios in St Ives to judge a scarf competition for Falmouth University textile design students. It was a stormy day, with dark skies, and sleet blowing horizontally at our faces. There weren’t many brave enough to walk across Porthmeor Beach.

A stormy Porthmeor beach

The students had been briefed by their tutor, Simon Clarke, to design a square, silk scarf inspired by either the artists who had worked at Porthmeor studios or St Ives and the landscape of West Cornwall.

When I arrived, I was greeted by all of the 19 students who were chatting excitedly, wrapped up in their hats, gloves and winter coats. Then I proceeded to the Borlase Smart Room where their chosen scarves had been beautifully displayed by Simon. The judging panel were discussing the format of the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Truro – Quimper: A Tale of Two Cities

posted on February 6th, 2017 by Laura

Illustration of Truro and Quimper

 

Travel a few miles inland from Seasalt’s design studios in coastal Falmouth and you’ll reach the Cornish city of Truro.

Thought to get its name from the Cornish tre-uro meaning ‘settlement on the river’, Cornwall’s capital, and only city, marks the confluence of the rivers Kenwyn and Allen. Together, they form the tidal River Truro, which flows down to join the River Fal a few miles to the south.

With its sheltered position inland and easy access to the sea, Truro was once a key trading port for the region and a stannary town – an important administrative centre for local tin mining industry.

Across the Channel, the ancient capital of Brittany’s Cornouaille region, Quimper (pronounced cam-pair), also sits at the meeting of two rivers: the Steir and the Odet.  It takes its name from the Breton kemper, which means ‘confluent’ – flowing together or merging.

But that’s not the only similarity between these two cities. From memorable architecture to a rich cultural heritage, they have more in common than you might think. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet our Seasalt Families – Anne, Wendy & Sarah

posted on January 24th, 2017 by Laura

Meet Anne, Wendy and Sarah. Anne works in our graphic design team and along with her mum and sister, took our January collection for a spin in our latest Seasalt families photoshoot.

Anne, from our graphic design team
How would you describe each other’s style?
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Meet our Seasalt Families – Sam, Rosemary & Holly

posted on January 24th, 2017 by Laura

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Meet Sam, her mum, Rosemary, and her sister, Holly. Sam works in our product team here at the studios, and along with her mum and sister, took our January collection for a spin in our latest Seasalt families photoshoot.

Sam, from our product team
How would you describe each other’s style?
We all like to dress up for an occasion – any excuse for a new outfit! I think we all take pride in our appearance but don’t really follow fashion. We know what suits us. Read the rest of this entry »

Wild Swimming, from the Lizard to Loch Lomond

posted on January 23rd, 2017 by Laura

All around the UK, wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular pastime. Being based in Cornwall, we’re never too far from some super wild swimming spots, be it off the rugged coast, from sandy coves or in secret quarries and hidden glens. We regularly see locals taking a dip, some in wetsuits, and others just in their bathers! Read the rest of this entry »

Amélies’ Mackerel Scotch Egg

posted on January 12th, 2017 by Laura

Mackerel are plentiful in Cornwall during January and February, and in many places along our coastline.

This delicious oily fish is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is also a good source of vitamin D. There really is nothing like freshly caught mackerel grilled and served with seasonal vegetables or salad.

For something a little different, why not try this scotch egg recipe from Amélies in Porthleven? This classic dish has been given a very Cornish twist — instead of the traditional sausage meat, it uses smoked Cornish mackerel. Read the rest of this entry »

Wow Your Friends With These Clever Origami Boxes

posted on December 16th, 2016 by Laura

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We love to get crafty, and the run up to Christmas gives us the perfect excuse to spend a day getting creative.

These origami boxes are made from one square of paper and are great for the festive season. They make pretty packages for small gifts, or look great wrapped in a ribbon and hung from your tree.

How to make your box Read the rest of this entry »

Mexico: The Cornish Connection

posted on December 12th, 2016 by Nikki

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Did you know? Cornwall has been a real influence on Mexico; from introducing football to pasties!

Back in the autumn, we were contacted by Sarah at The Royal Cornwall Museum. Sarah explained that she was visiting Mexico with a couple of colleagues from the museum in October to experience The International Pasty Festival!

The festival is held in Real del Monte, an old Mexican mining town.

Mexico has a long history of mining but in the early 19th century Mexico’s mines lay derelict and flooded in the aftermath of the civil war. The new government was keen to see the mines reopen, so decided to sell some of them to a group of British investors who recruited miners and engineers from Cornwall.

The story of the Cornish community in Mexico is really fascinating, there are still people in the town who have names such as Jose Skewes or Francisco Rule (traditional Cornish surnames).

Many of the locals own pasty shops in Real Del Monte and they proudly display anything from Cornwall, including St Piran flags and our Pasty And Friends Tea Towel!

If you visit The Royal Cornwall Museum between now and March 2017, be sure to pop in to see their exhibition, Mexico: the Cornish Connection.  It’s a fantastic exploration of Cornwall’s cultural influence on the country. Students from Cornwall College and also the University of Hidalgo in Mexico have created thought-provoking and moving artworks these will also be shown as part of this new exhibition.

Oh and what Sarah and the team, think of Pastes del Nagado (Mexican pasties)? Apparently, they’re a taste sensation but quite a lot smaller than a Cornish pasty!

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Can you spot the Cornish flag?

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A giant Pastes del Nagado!

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Our pasty tea towel.

#LoveFalmouth Exhibition

posted on December 6th, 2016 by Nikki

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We were very excited to see so many Seasalt fans enter the #LoveFalmouth photography competition this summer.

The six-month long social media photography competition, hosted by Falmouth BID, led to a fantastic response from residents, visitors and students alike.

Each month, entrants were tasked with a different #LoveFalmouth theme to keep it interesting:

May – #LoveCommunity
June – #Lovethesea
July – #LoveOutdoors
August – #LoveSummer
September – #LoveCreative
October – #LoveAutumn

The competition received over 800 entries, including some touching, humorous and original stories, which really highlighted people’s love for our town.

We were asked to be prize partners for the competition which meant that we had the very difficult decision of choosing a winner each month. The standard of photography was excellent which made judging very tricky!

The winning images, along with the runners-up, will be on display in the Main Gallery of The Poly until 10th December 2016.

The exhibition is free, so do pop along and be inspired by Falmouth!

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How To Make Our Paper Owls

posted on December 1st, 2016 by Laura

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Have you spotted the parliament of paper owls that have taken flight in our shop windows this winter? Kathryn, from our windows design team, is here to show you how you can make your very own paper owl. They make perfect decorations for your Christmas tree, or a pretty addition to your centrepiece.

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