Nature: Cornish Modernism

This month we’re finding new beauty in familiar places

Living in Cornwall, we have a deep connection to the natural world all year round and there are echoes of the beautiful landscape in all our collections. The work of our favourite St Ives artists was often an emotive response to their rugged surroundings in West Cornwall, and our newest designs nod to their work as well as their adventurous spirit. This autumn our clothes offer comfort, style and warmth perfect for exploring the crisp outdoors and embracing the freeing peace of nature.

Image middle bottom row: Linear Development Blue 1978 mixed media on card 13.1 x 20 cm © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

The quiet autumn scenery brings Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s serene abstract landscapes to mind and we looked at her work for inspiration this month. Her drawings of contours and movement evoke the natural elements, bringing us warm teals, sea greens and a sense of calm. Barns-Graham’s work is referenced in our knitwear designs, as our Seasalt Knitwear Designer Carina explains:

Elsewhere in our Knitwear Collection, our Carbis Jumper to echoes the shapes of the gigantic rock formations around the Cornish coast. The muted pinks and reds of the autumn landscape lend themselves beautifully to our soft merino blend yarn.

This month’s prints feature simple, naturally inspired florals, hand drawn leaves with delicate lines and wave patterns that nod to mid-century textiles. We love them paired with classic cord or sailor stripes for a fresh, contemporary feel.

We shot our new collection at the Bedruthan Hotel. 

You’ll find a coast path palette of autumnal Cornish hues throughout our collection: from marshland gold to stormy sea tones that pair with earthy browns for a rich, warm feel. As the colours of our home change and autumn deepens, now is the perfect moment to play with layering. Build your look with comfortable cotton and bamboo jersey, cosy knitwear and durable outer layers, so you’ll be ready to explore the beauty of your surroundings wherever you are this month.

Shope the new collection

We’re very grateful to the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, who have kindly given permission for us to use images on our website and in our catalogue.

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust was founded by Willie in 1987, but only became fully active upon her death on 26 January 2004. The Trust exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham as one of Britain’s most significant 20th century artists, and through her legacy supports young people and other individuals to fulfil their potential in the visual arts.