July see's the first launch of our new Stockist of the month feature. Each month we want to tell you about one of our lovely stockists out there in the world selling our lovely products. We have chosen the lovely folk over at Cry of the Gulls gallery in Fowey, Cornwall as our first stockist of the month. They have been one of our longest standing stockists and they even have a little Poppy shop within their gallery! If you want to nominate a local stockist who you think deserves a mention then please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us who and why. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="Poppy Shop"]Cry of the Gulls shop frontCry of the Gulls is a beautiful gallery in the heart of Fowey, Cornwall. It displays a diverse range of paintings, ceramics, jewellery and accessories. This is a Cornish gallery at heart but it is also dedicated to introducing new artists and craft makers to the county. The Gallery is celebrating its 20th Birthday this summer and it has been on quite a journey. The galleries original owners emigrated to New Zealand 7 years ago when Liz and Julian Davies took over the gallery. After a lifetime of working in Art Education they made the move down from Gloucestershire and started their Cornish Life. They have transformed Cry of the Gulls into a vibrant and successful gallery that is at the heart of Fowey. Last year Liz and Julian were joined by their youngest son Oli and his partner Ben. Ben is a Professional Fine Art Photographer and Oli was an actor in London. They have started the Galleries next adventure. This summer sees the launch of their new look website www.cryofthegulls.co.uk with a brand new logo and are easily found via twitter (@cryofthegulls) or Facebook. Poppy has always been a staple part of the gallery and her distinctive style sits well in this contemporary gallery space. Cry of the Gulls, 2 Webb Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1AP www.cryofthegulls.co.uk email@example.com
SO.... Team Treffry have moved. Goodbye view of St Michaels, goodbye lovely wooden floor, Goodbye Justin Duance jewellery neighbours, Goodbye terribly steep steps, Goodbye pungent aroma of fish, goodbye freezing cold temperatures. [caption id="attachment_256" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Packing up and shipping out!"][/caption] It was with a heady mixture of joy and sorrow that Poppy and the team, and some keen helpers (such as Mummy Treffry), finally carted the accumulations of 6 years of making tea cosies and the likes down those terribly steep steps which many of you will have seen in previous posts and off to pastures new, or Trereife Business park as it's otherwise known! [caption id="attachment_257" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="First job: Building the cutting table"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_258" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="And the stock shelves go up."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_259" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Web designer extraordinaire Neil and daughter Tilly visit"][/caption] All in all, apart from the oversight of not having a kettle at the new digs on Wednesday, the move went pretty well - although the unpacking and erecting and general debris sorting may continue for a while! We even welcomed our first visitors, our web designer Neil and his daughter, on Thursday afternoon. [caption id="attachment_261" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="We built a small box to keep Poppy in!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Biba turns up for work in the new office"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_263" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Faye hangs some fairies to watch over proceedings!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_264" align="aligncenter" width="420" caption="Sara summarises the joy of being nearly finished, or trips over - you decide!"][/caption] So that's it, we're in - let proceedings commence - just as soon as BT manage to get someone out to sort our phoneline and internet connection! What do you think? x
I’m exhibiting at the Hidden Art Cornwall Design fair this weekend. It’s at http://www.trereifepark.co.uk House just outside Penzance, a beautiful rambling Georgian manor house with ramshackle walled gardens, horses peering out of shady stables and lots of great designer makers in a marquee! I’m next to http://www.emilynixon.com Emily Nixon whose gleaming stand is packed with her earthy, chunky bangles, rings and necklaces moulded first in wax and then lost wax cast from silver and gold. Opposite and in complete contrast is httpFoundlings Jewellery a little stand packed with kitsch necklaces, earrings, hair-clips and bracelets made from bright plastics and dripping with tiny plastic shoes, cats, dogs, my little ponies and other pop ephemera. (Biba made a beeline for the lot when she came to the private view!) Round the corner is Sue Dove a textile artist who I have heard lots about over the years and never met until now. She very seldom does shows so it was really exciting to see her stand. She makes rich hand embroideries that are like paintings with yarn instead of paint and feature peculiar creatures and enigmatic titles. The creatures at some point left the embroidery hoop and became three dimensional textile sculptures, some huge, some tiny all embellished with stitch, driftwood limbs or noses (I’m very excited about the little collage I’ve bought from her) There’s so much more but I haven’t had a chance to escape my stand yet so will try to report later. There’s also some great food (so I’m told – I didn’t get to eat any yesterday and survived on a lifesaving tuna sandwich from a fellow exhibitors mum!) and there’s a shiny air stream wagon selling good coffee so lets hope it’s another successful day and see you there!