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01 THE CORNISH COASTAL MAGAZINE

The lost and found issue A special look into the curiosities of the lost and found Issue 1 features Jane Darke, Lee Searle, typographic experimentation. On the DVD Jane Darke interview, lost and found sound.


THE CORNISH COAST MAGAZINE Issue 01


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—Hello and welcome to the first edition of Strand This is a Cornish magazine, written, photographed and based in and around the Cornish coastline. Its aims are quite simply to offer other views as a collective response to the coast, with every issue being as unique in content to the next. Every issue will feature interviews with people who have been inspired by the coast as well as inspirational articles and documentation. A different perspective to you, the reader, with the truly amazing and diverse content that the Cornish coast offers us. Each issue will also come with a DVD featuring interviews and short snippets from the magazine, bringing the essence of Cornwall to life, with sound and image.


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About this issue

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The lost and found issue

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Sea view 01

When a wave breaks, does it loose its form?

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Early morning sea view at 7.00

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Capturing the Sunrise Sea view 02 Early afternoon at 12.30

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Natural to the environment? A closer look into the items found on Cornwall’s beaches. Sea glass items and man made items A list of the found

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Sea view 04 Early evening at 19.00

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Hannah Marshall Sea view 03 Late afternoon at 16.00

Printed at University College Falmouth on 80% recycled paper on 150gsm cartridge paper. This uses vegetable based inks, because we need to keep our trees happy! Legal bit everything printed in this magazine is copyright to the producer, or has been sourced under permission, that means no stealing it please.

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Typographic exploration Beach signs and lettering Beach alphabets

Jewellery inspired by the Cornish coast.

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Inspire Textiles and furniture inspired by what is found

A documentation of the inquisitive hour of the sunrise.

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Capturing the wave form

Christiaan Bailey Film maker, Christiaan on what makes it special here


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Capturing the sunrise The documentation of the inquisitive hour of the transition of night to day when most people are asleep in bed, when these kind of moments get lost.

Typographic exploration Beach type is very often missed, these pages takes an in depth look into objects found on the coast that looks like letter formations, as well as some of the wonderful expressive typography left on our beaches.

The first issue is all about the lost and found aspect of Cornwall. It is a prime location for the sheer amount of weird, wonderful and often shocking items that gets washed up here. From false teeth to plastics, sea glass and bottle tops, this is thankfully being noticed for as this issue reveals. This isn’t just about the lost items however, it is about the found inspiration that people have whilst being in the coastal surroundings, the things that are very often missed and the documented events that have happened from it. As Hannah Marshall explains on page 20 finding inspiration from the pieces of seaglass and found items on the beach. Page 34 documents the formation of a wave, and if it truly looses itself when it breaks. All this to name a few, as well as the reveal for next issue’s content. Hopefully the time next you pick up something interesting on the beach you may too 06 begin to wonder just how far it has drifted along to get here...


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07.00 Morning view of the beach, no one around, no footprints, nothing. Just the elements, the sounds, when the beach is empty like this, it really gives off that sense of space and can really be appreciated for what it is. This is the best time of day no one around no footprints just the elements ever changing a memory

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Capturing the Sunrise 5.am, is a time when most people are in bed sleeping, but from checking the weather forecast the day before, hearing that today is going to be fine it seems a must to make a special effort to get out of bed and document a beach sunrise. A sunrise is somewhat special because of the early rising time, a new start to the day and not many people being around and everything seems different. I grab my hoodie, jeans and hat and head out the door to take the walk to the beach. 11


Capturing the Sunrise There is a definite pinky tinge in the sky made by the clouds, birds singing and a crisp feel to the air. I feel a rush, not getting to the beach fast enough in case I miss it. I now notice on the beach that no one is around me and I feel it is almost mine; this sense of space at this time of hour is just pure bliss. I walk along the sand trying to find a perfect spot to catch the sun rising as the sky is gradually turning lighter. Walking on nearer to the cliff I notice a small figurative outline and on approaching nearer it seems to wave at me. I must know this person I think, but in fact I don’t, but kind of wave back anyway. ‘Are you here for the sunrise too’ the guy says. ‘Oh good, it’s nice that 12 someone else is here to see it with me’

It turns out that the guy couldn’t sleep, had skated around and had ended up at the beach. So we sit patiently waiting for the sun to rise and chatting. He had been here since 4am, I learn that he can get up at 5am most days just to catch the morning surf that he is fond of, and has been sacked from his job the previous week. All this aside, he is the jolliest person I have ever met before, especially at this time of hour. Probably, like me he is feeling full of energy and excitement on waiting for the sun to arise on a new day. Or perhaps we are just as mad as each other to get up this early, but just to document such an event that is normally lost for its earlyness is special. It’s 6.30 now, almost and hour of waiting here, but the sun slowly but

surely begins to peep through the cliff and the clouds glow like fire and we both begin to be silent. It’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it, as when the sun rises it does so fast, warm on our faces it feels calming. Sun is up now, and it feels great, a new day begun. This is the first sunrise I have experienced on the beach and it most certainly won’t be the last.


as the sun comes up it does so with such grace and integrit y gives a glow to ever y thing and it star ts a new day

06.30am

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12.30 Early afternoon at the beach, the moment at high tide, on this particular day it was the windiest and choppiest for a long time. But thats the thing at the beach, under the surface it changes on a day to day basis. It is only through careful observation and frequent photographic exploration that these changes can be seen.

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Whilst walking on the beaches it is not unusual to see remains of beer cans, fishing line to name a few hidden amongst the seaweed, sand and rock. At times it almost makes an appealing contrast to nature, eye catching and unmissable. With this alarming view in mind it seems that the Cornish coast could see more of this mix of colour with items strewed across the coast. However some of these items are very often missed, some just blend in, and some make very recognisable features to the coastline of Cornwall.

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More of the found items, taken from their environment including rope, plastic ring, bottle neck and plastic ball.

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Seaglass in its variations, white and green are the most common colours, with occasional flashes of reds, pinks and blues, depending on the source.


found items a list so far

beer bottles, beer cans, false teeth, pink shoe, f lower in hedgerow, car tyre, a reciept, ball, an apple, bottle top, graffitti, fishing wire, wooden block, sea glass, fishing rope, baseball bat, starfish, crab, seaweed, hedgerow, rockpool, rope, wire, seagull, pebbles, clouds, fish, a mini sofa, old rag, sunrise, petrol can, drift wood, dog bowl, hook, u-bend, the alphabet in letter formations, bbq, stone, boat, ships, cliff face, sand f ly, icecream van, tidal wave, tide patterns, trolley, plastic cup, oar, drain, uncovered objects, plastic bag, beach ball, cork, spade, fishing line, seagulls, tree stump, sand, soup tin, a ship wreck, marmalade jar, writing in sand.

the list goes on and on.

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British jewellery designer inspired by the Cornish coastline

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01 Hannah walking her dog


02 Necklace made from found shell, glass, pottery

Hannah Marshall or Dagrow Morvorenn as she is known for her jewellery, is a self taught jewellery maker who gets her inspiration from the items of glass, pottery to name a few that she finds on Cornwall’s coastline. This use from lost to found makes each piece Hannah makes as unique and special to the next as every piece that she finds is as mysterious to the age and where it came from.

‘The name Dagrow Morvorenn is Cornish for Mermaids tears, which is also another name for sea glass’ Hannah explains. As she points out, part of the mystery of each piece of sea glass is the history, where it came from and how it ended up in the sea in the first place. As certain colours, textures and patterns of sea glass are harder to find than others, she finds these pieces exciting and in turn this makes her jewellery even more special. But there is also concern about the sheer amount of washed up here, as Hannah explains…

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04 Fish necklace made from seaglass and wire wrapping.

‘I work with found objects on the beach…so the materials are pieces that have been washed up on the shore; seaglass, sea pottery, shells, drift wood, fishing nylon, pebbles, drinking straws, toys, plastics, rope and general found objects that interest me, to enable me with my creations.

play around with texture by using wire, beads, textiles and knitting techniques for a quirkier theme. My aim is to produce original pieces of beach themed jewellery that is eco- friendly, yet stylish and original. I try to source out local shops to sell my jewellery that have a local theme. People always come up to me and ask what the jewellery is and are amazed when I tell them. It is always nice to make something out of a found item that would have been discarded on the beach adding to rubbish’

I find it shocking the amount of rubbish I find on the beaches today, I aim to use seemingly useless beach debris and turn it into items of value again. It has become a commonplace to see huge balls of orange fishing line strewn across the sand or plastic bottles tangled up in seaweed. Obviously this has a bad effect on the coastal and sea environment and I highlight this by using the materials I use and exploring the relationship between the debris and the beach. By recycling beach debris I create very organic looking jewellery sometimes with 26 clashing elements like the bright multi colours in the fishing nylon. But I like to

Visit www.dagrowmorvorenn.com to find out more

seaglass, glass that has been naturally shaped by the tumbling of the waves.

03 Close up as previous spread’s page


‘It has become a common place to see huge balls of fishing line strewn across the sand, this has a bad effect on the coastal environment’

05 Seaglass and shell on pendants and wire.

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With every day the tide will change it brings inspirational moments changing rapidly, ever moving a moment standing still. 28

10 people are on the beach

Late afternoon, a lot has changed, the strand line made by the tide has moved further up the beach and more people are around to the enjoy the warm sunny day. Shadow shapes are created and a gold hue is showing. But how many people are really taking notice of the whole surrounding space they are in? How many truly see the coast for all it has to offer?


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Documenting the wave

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Documenting the wave

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Have you ever stood on a beach and really looked closely at just how frequently a wave changes? It comes in, goes out, breaks and starts again. The wave may break and loose itself at the shoreline, but is it truly lost or does it rejoin again to form the ever changing movement? Here are just a few pictures taken every 10 seconds to truly capture the constant formations a wave makes. The camera took one hell of a beating that day.   By capturing the wave movement on camera it at least keeps a more observant look at frequent the coast changes on a day to day basis. How many people when they go to the beach, really keep a watchful eye on the surroundings around them? A wave really is an interesting form, the swell it creates, patterns and colour, it really is just inspiring. 33


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Pottery, glass and other cutlery have for years been discarded into the sea and disposed of. After a while it often makes its way back onto our beaches again. Lots of beaches have found pottery and glass, and often this can go unnoticed. For the pieces that do get picked up, there are some forgotten colour, pattern and texture revealed. What the patterning was used for however remains a mystery. The following pages uses the forgotten, lost patterns and have made them into use again within textiles and household objects. They make great talking points too.

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Some of the pottery pieces found at the beach.

Cupboard with found pattern from ceramic piece. From ÂŁ599.99 www.vintagebeauty.com


Orange nicenice bag £50.95 Available from outlet store or www.vintagebeauty.com

A line dress available in variety of colours From £29.99 - £40.00 Out from June from www.losttofoundclothing.com

woww cushion available in a variety of colour and pattern. From £15 Available from Wowwow.com

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The signage on beaches are very often uninspiring, formal and informative, the following pages offers an alternative response to this, which collaborates the found letters on the beach, and makes use of the elements that can sometimes be missed.

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Think of beach signage and the normality of the usual beach notices, cafe signs and beach warning signs come to mind. Here are examples of the more expressive and interesting beach alternative signage. Carvings, washed up notices, random words, grafitti. Although it could be seen as ugly and unnecessary it also makes recognisable features to familiar beaches. The story behind them also remains a mystery to who wrote it, why they wrote it and what it means. Opposite shows a collective response to the found type in a simplistic form. Taken away from their environment and they look very different, making up letter formations.

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Another collective response to the alternative of beach typography. This collection started by total accident, whilst walking on the beach looking for any interesting pebbles or things to find, when a brick was found in the shape of the letter ‘P’, then one by one other letters started to reveal themselves. This is a classic example of making use of lost to found, through the satisfaction of finding other letters. Though this alphabet is still not complete, as some of the letters are seemingly hard to find. These have in no way been altered by any means, they were found like it.

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Beachabet Alphabet made from the found letter formations and signage and simplifying into a beach alphabet.

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19.00 Early evening, dusk colouring to the sky. A couple gaze in the direction of the sea. Taking note of their surroundings At this time of the day, it is very much like dawn, the new transition from day to gradual night. It is an interesting time when people often go down to reflect on their day, to escape or to generally chill right out. The dusk colours are now visable with a pink tinge to the clouds, reflected in the sea and on the sand.

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The coast has always been an inspiration to me, I find it comforting, and it is a friend to me. It teaches me respect and it keeps me fresh. The Cornish coast is special, because it is my home, and I know it far more intimately than any other stretch and as such I feel that I can trust it. I travel very intensively, in fact at the moment I am in Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia. My work specialises in water based video and film work. I hover above razor sharp reefs, looking inside waves, documenting the magical moments that arrive with every breaking form and wonder what may be looking at me from below and how they perceive their world. Is it with the same awe I have? When in Cornwall the seals say hello, they poke their heads out and suss me out, why are you floating around in the sea like me? They seem to inquire. I guess I love water, the sea, oceans, because they are ever changing, yet constant, are non judgemental, powerful, yet gentle and inspiring. Cornwall’s watery coast will always be the most special place to me, because I feel closest to it� Christiaan Bailey Film maker Ocean motion pictures

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Strand magazine issue 1  

Photos, interview, views, collective from around the coast of Cornwall, UK

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