Our latest photo shoot took us to Fowey, home of author Daphne du Maurier whose works have inspired our latest location. We spent part of the morning at The Old Quay House who not only let us photograph on their terrace over looking the water, they also fed us with delicious bacon rolls which we were very grateful for. The afternoon was spent photographing around the town, exploring the narrow streets, open water and Readymoney Cove.
We count ourselves very lucky to be able to get out and explore Cornwall on our photoshoots! For our latest shoot, we spent a few days at the Eden Project exploring the biomes and stunning grounds that surround them. We gathered the team and got amongst the flora to get some snappy location images for our spring/summer collection. Here’s a little peek at what we got up to when we were there…
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…
When our Seasalt Designers are planning a new collection, they take a lot of inspiration from the flora and fauna around Cornwall.
Our latest unique print features the wonderful wild garlic growing around the county. It grows in abundance in woodland, shady riverbanks and hedges between March and May, and its luscious green leaves herald the arrival of spring for many restaurants in the region.
Also known as ramsons, its white star-like flowers have a distinct garlic aroma which drifts from the plant. The unusual thing about wild garlic is that, for all its powerful scent, the taste is gentler than our everyday garlic cloves. Although the plant is a protected species it can be gathered in moderation for use in recipes. Every part of the plant is edible; the flowers can be used to lighten up a salad and add a punchy garlic element, the leaves make a delicious garlicky pesto, and the bulbs can be used just as you would regular garlic.
Wild garlic can grow densely in woodland due to the damp, shady environment and is a favourite amongst bears. Thankfully we don’t get many bears in our Cornish woodland, but it’s always a treat to see the white flowers covering the woodland floor.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
This summer we have taken inspiration from the area close to our design studios in Falmouth, our view to St. Anthony’s Lighthouse, the River Fal, Maenporth and Budock Church. It’s a place close to our hearts and with its fascinating maritime heritage, charming beaches and independent shops, we weren’t short for choice of backdrops.
The location shoot took place over a few days in September and we were really lucky to have lovely sunshine for most days (it wouldn’t be a Seasalt shoot in Cornwall without the odd downpour!). We packed up our van with the new collection, photography gear and plenty of snacks to keep us going, and set out to our chosen locations.
As well as the town of Falmouth we headed out to nearby areas such as St Mawes, Flushing and Maenporth. The trip to St Mawes was a particular highlight, taking the iconic chain ferry, the ‘King Harry’ over the River Fal on a glorious sunny day. At each location we were welcomed with stunning scenery which made showcasing the new clothes a real delight. The images turned out beautifully and we were all very pleased with the result. After a successful few days our Spring/Summer location shoot was complete for another year.
Our window dressers have been at it again, creating more beautiful displays for us to marvel at. Here is some of their hard work, though if you’re local why not take a stroll past..
Ahoy there maties! Earlier this month we launched our Spring/Summer 2012 collection aboard the Golden Hinde on the River Thames. In the heart of London on a legendary ship, in the depths of February. With pretty Cornish prints and floaty tops looking lovely on deck, and snow actually gathering on the garments!
For our Spring Summer location shoots we kept it local with a trip to beautiful St. Ives. Here are some behind the scenes photos taken at Porthmeor Studios, the home and birth place of the St. Ives School of Painting, and Smeatons Pier which offers breath taking views across St. Ives.