From chinaware to fashion, fabric to beach tents, stripes have always been associated with the seaside but what's the secret to its popularity and longevity?
Stripped down to its most basic shapes the coastal landscape is all about horizontal lines. As well as the literal horizon, layers of waves, sand, clouds and rock are all present at the coast's edge. Artists throughout history have been inspired by this ever changing scenery, along with the expanse of sky bringing light and space, two key features of creativity. Even looking at children's drawings the sky is usually drawn as a strip of blue at the top of the page and the ground a strip at the bottom; it's how young children represent the world as they see it from an early age.
The history of the popular Cornishware blue pottery first produced in 1924 demonstrates how the trend for stripes has lasted for generations. A lathe-turning technique scraped away band of the blue slip to reveal the white ceramic underneath that resulted in the iconic stripe pattern. An employee remarked that this reminded them of the blue skies and white crested waves if Cornwall, and how Cornishware got its name. There are not many patterns that are so connected to a place and remain a constant in an fast pace world. Long live the stripe.