We’re delighted that so many of you were inspired by our Botanical Art Competition. We’ve loved seeing your artwork flooding in over the past few weeks via email and social media – we had over 600 entries in total, ranging from paintings and drawings to collage, fused glass, photography, lino cut, ceramics and jewellery.
Our judges, Sophie Chadwick (Seasalt co-founder and print designer), Sury Bagenal (senior designer) and Matt Johnson (senior creative designer) were extremely impressed by the standard of the entries and had a real challenge choosing the winning designs.
Caitlin Shiner – Glendurgan Garden
Judges’ comments: “Caitlin’s caption, ‘Exuberant and exotic and full of colour’ really sums up what we felt about her piece. We loved the use of colour and the expressive style. It really captures the excitement of walking along the winding paths at Glendurgan and discovering its hidden delights.”
Congratulations to Caitlin, who wins a mini-break for two in Cornwall, including a two-night stay at Budock Vean hotel, a half-day botanical illustration workshop with Sarah Jane Humphrey at Potager Garden and a £250 Seasalt voucher.
Our judges awarded five runners up prizes for entries which really stood out.
Jo Walker – Sgraffito pot with wildflowers
Judges’ comments: “An elegant, contemporary piece with delicate illumination and use of line and movement. We also particularly liked the composition of the shot.”
Angie Jones – Cornish 99
Created from a combination of a delicious Cornish ice cream and a beautiful hydrangea hanging over a garden wall as we explored Cornwall!
Judges’ comments: “This entry really made us smile. Hydrangeas are found all over Cornwall, and we liked the way Angie has used the flower head as ice cream on top of the cone. The little petal drip adds a whimsical touch. It’s a unique idea that’s perfectly executed.”
Pam Clarke – Abstracted Flora
Acrylics, 50 x 50cm
Judges’ comments: “We fell in love with this beautiful piece. It’s a sophisticated colour palette with skilful use of acrylic. It would make a beautiful repeating textile design.”
Jennifer Webster –Wild Garlic.
Inspired by woodland walks to Tremayne Quay near Trelowarren in early summer are punctuated by the heady, delicious aroma of the wild garlic.
Judges’ comments: “A beautiful observation of the three stages of the plant’s life. It’s delicately depicted and extremely evocative.”
Succulents in a Dry Stone Wall, near Coverack.
Mixed media painting, 40 x 50 cms on 300 gm paper.
Judges’ comments: “This is a wonderful, loose and expressive mixed media piece. You’ll find aeoniums growing in dry stone walls throughout Cornwall, and Linda’s piece captures the texture and colours of these succulents beautifully.”
Well done to all our runners up, who each win a £50 Seasalt voucher.
As we had so many wonderful entries, the judges selected a few that they wanted to give a special mention to. Congratulations to Nathaniel Chadwick (aged 5), Mojo and the Maker, Isla Middleton, Susan Pickard, Catharine Collingridge, Pat Beveridge, Sharon Bell, Marion Hil and Jacqueline Inglis. We’ll be sending each of them a £20 Seasalt voucher.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Botanical Art Competition. Although the competition is now closed, we hope you’ll continue creating artwork inspired by Cornwall. Don’t forget to share what you’ve been making on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #SeasaltArtsClub