Sara and Steph were the latest of the Seasalt team to take to our photo studio with their families to put our SS16 collection to the test. We went behind the scenes on the shoot to find out all about them… Read the rest of this entry »
Spring is here and it’s time to tackle that long list of satisfying garden jobs! Colour is starting to erupt all over the place as everything begins to come back to life after a wet winter, and while we’re still getting our fair share of ‘April showers’, overall things are definitely on the up. Read the rest of this entry »
Flowers and fishing boats are bountiful around Cornwall’s coast, often being found together, with the odd boat parked up in the yard, flowers sprouting at its base, ready for repair and waiting for high tide.
The prints in our latest collection reflect just that, a happy blend of Cornish flora and our fishing heritage.
|Oyster dredgers, also known as Working Boats, play a big part in our fishing heritage. When they’re not gathering oysters from the river beds they can be seen taking part in regattas across the county. This bright geometric print was created after watching the Falmouth Working Boats racing in the summer, filling the sky with a patchwork of triangular sails.|
|Wild berries pop up all over our Cornish hedgerows and their bountiful branches were the starting point for this print. The simple pattern was created using a batik technique, drawing the pattern in wax before dying. The wax resists the dye giving a silhouetted effect to the design.|
Fishing Boat Salt
|Sophie Chadwick created this quirky design using a woodcut she made in her Falmouth studio, where she has a fantastic view of the little fishing boats going in and out of the harbour. Creating the woodblock by hand gives the print a real textured and artisanal feel.|
|Springtime sees drifts of flowering wild garlic the line the footpaths and riverbanks of Cornwall. Its clusters of tiny white bells inspired Sophie to create this charming print.|
|Small wooden rowing boats moored alongside each other in Cornish harbours are one of the sights of the summer. Their higgledy-piggledy charm translates beautifully into this artful print.|
|Our coastal paths and clifftops are scattered with an abundance of wildflowers. Sophie created this vibrant print while sketching daisies on the Cornish cliff tops. The stylized blooms, with their rippling texture echoing the sea below.|
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.