Tag Archives: Cornwall

Beautiful fish; blue & white, part III

I read somewhere wherever you are in the UK, you are never more than 50 miles from the sea* and it may be this proximity to the seaside which provides our affinity with it, and likewise the inspiration for so many of our talented artists and designers.

Just as the with Sardine Run china from Jersey Pottery I wrote about here, these beautiful blue and white fish prints below share a love for the sea together with Japanese creative processes.

For her original artwork featuring locally caught Cornish fish, artist Susie Ray adapted an 18th-19th century technique called Gyotaku (fish rubbing) created by Japanese fishermen to visually record the fish they caught. Whilst the fishermen used ink and rice paper, Susie worked with oil paints and cotton cloth, so giving the paintings a wonderful textural depth that conveys a sense of movement and life.

Now she’s released beautiful prints of these originals, using pigment dyed light-fast inks and archival papers:

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All prints come in several sizes, and are produced, named and hand-signed by artist Susie Ray,  from The Padstow Mussel Company

If you haven’t discovered it yet, Cornwall-based The Padstow Mussel Company‘s shop and website itself is worth a look for its beautiful ceramics, photographs, artwork and tableware.

*(although according to this BBC article, it could differ between 45 and 70 miles depending on what your definition of ‘sea’ is….)

Keep Cosy this December

IMAG0610On days like today, my woodburning stove is definitely my favourite part of the cottage. I’ve mentioned it before (Candlesticks) but it’s -8 degrees outside, and doesn’t feel much warmer indoors, so the stove is both much loved and needed. Even with it going full out last night (here it is – with an empty log basket, help! More chopping required I think) I was feeling the chill: I’m going to ask for a blanket for Christmas, so I can cosy up by the stove, watch telly (current favourites go from one extreme to the other – The Killing and Made in Chelsea, both on catch up) and attempt to hibernate till spring time….

Cornwall’s The Atlantic Blanket Company is a blissful place to browse for blankets: just looking at these images makes me want to reach out and touch them.

















Blankets and throws above by The Atlantic Blanket Company 

Indigo & Rose  stock throws with a traditional Nordic Pattern: in both ice blue and rosy red, two of my much-loved decorating shades.















Whilst bargain hunter extraordinaire Alison Cork’s lambswool throws from her online boutique Alison at Home are well-priced and soft to the touch: these two, with their relaxed checks and soft grey hues, are both tempting…

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