On Serpentine Shores is a Cornwall based creative studio, offering events design, art direction, editorial styling, creative consulting, photography and copywriting.

Alexandra Holyer

Stylist. Designer. Writer.

After growing up in a big city I moved to the sea in search of a simpler, slower way of life. Here I began documenting my day-to-day; sharing what life was like on these serpentine shores. And through this scruffy-online-art-project-come-journal, I found a love for styling, design and photography. For telling stories through imagery and events; poetry and places. For articulating ideas through arrangement, atmosphere and experience.

To me styling is a form of storytelling

Expressing ideas through imagery, objects, events and spaces. Style is the abstract made material.

From the blog

life on these serpentine shores

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My philosophy

A Bit About Me

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My philosophy is a slow and simple one. I believe in living with intention; mindful to the world and the people I share it with. 

Naturally (pun intended) this influences the work I do. Both in aesthetic as well as practically. Whenever styling an event I’m conscious of keeping it as local and sustainable as possible. As well as designing an event that connects people to the natural world. Providing a style that is organic and understated; earthy and calm; natural, muted and wild in tone.

When it comes to commercial projects, I love styling and providing art direction for brands with an ethical or environmental focus. Pulling together imagery and editorials that explore slowing down, gathering together and living sustainably. This same focus is present in my day to day life too; working from a home studio powered by solar energy and heated by hedgerow firewood. 

When it comes to clients - and their stories - I like to get acquainted over coffee and cake. All my services begin with this initial consultation, whereby I get to know the couple and what their story is all about. With this understanding I can draw up a day that tells their tale down to every detail. Creating an aesthetic that artfully expresses who they are; that can be cohesively implemented throughout the day.