Archive for July, 2014

Cornwall: Home to Great Craftsmanship, Design and Innovation

Posted on: July 30th, 2014 by juliamills

I am lucky in Cornwall to be surrounded, not only by natural beauty, but also by a wealth of designers and creators who combine talent and innovation with a passion for this unique place.

Catherine and Val (Harvey and Jefferson) are a good example. The couple built up an internationally-renowned mosaic building and restoration business, but were determined to find a way of keeping up with demand without constant trips away from their home in West Cornwall.

Their new website, ‘Mosaics by Post’ is an innovative way of achieving this dream, bringing together Victorian designs and 25 years experience with online accessibility and affordability.

With many designs and colours to choose from, visitors to the site can build their own unique mosaic flooring complete with a matching border. The mosaics are then compiled on sheets in the Penzance studio, with a protective adhesive film to protect them during delivery. The tiles can be used inside or outside to create impressive feature flooring which is incredibly durable.

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Catherine, whose parents were both artists (her father was a potter) was inspired to research mosaic designs and techniques after visits to Spain and Russia. Val had just completed a ceramics restoration course when the two precipitously met at Art College – and a life-long partnership began.

Their restoration work centred on South London, where the Victorians created a vast repository of mosaic flooring. However the family moved to Cornwall in _____ and Catherine and Val began working on projects here. ‘Mosaics by Post’ allows them to focus on in-situ work in Cornwall, whilst still being able to satisfy the market in London.

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Since starting the website, Catherine has been busy coming up with new designs, and is keen to collaborate with landscapers, designers and architects to incorporate mosaic flooring into new builds, renovations and landscape projects.

For more information visit www.mosaicsbypost.com

Baxters Gallery, Dartmouth

Posted on: July 6th, 2014 by juliamills

It’s always exciting to see my work in fresh surroundings; even more so when the setting is the picturesque town of Dartmouth on the south coast of Devon. My glass panels have recently found a new home here at Baxters Gallery; an inspiring space filled with beautifully presented contemporary art, printmaking, craft and jewellery.

Baxters Gallery WindowSarah Duggan took over the gallery, which is located on a sunny corner between Foss and Flavel streets, in 2006. Sarah is instinctively drawn to work inspired by the coastline, and collections which “reflect a subtle sense of humour or the quirkiness of animal-life.”

On a recent visit I was pleased to see my work looked very at home, with several other artists and craftspeople from Cornwall represented. I will be delivering new work regularly and am always happy to consider commissions in the area, especially if it gives me an excuse to explore the beautiful river Dart.

The vibrant coastal town at the mouth of the river is a great place to visit, with plenty of tempting shops and restaurants – make sure you look out for the colourful window of Baxters Gallery and pay Sarah a visit.

A detail of one of the panels recently sent to Baxters can be seen below. For more information on the gallery, visit www.baxtersgallery.co.uk.

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