After growing up in big bustling city, I moved to Cornwall in search of a simpler, slower way of life. Although eager to breath the sea in deeply, I specifically moved for university; to study sustainability and climate science; environmental politics, alternative lifestyles and the relationship between nature and culture.

What fascinated me was the way we live and the ideas that inform the way we live. Mythology in particular interested me; in telling stories that illustrate how we understand the world and our place within it. It’s this storytelling-notion that’s at the heart of all the work I do.

Once graduated I relocated further out into the sticks and began my own storytelling. This first took the form of a blog. This blog to be exact. Entitled On Serpentine Shores, as I documented my new life on the Lizard peninsula.

In time I found my blog led to work down here. Both with local photographers as well as those within the wedding industry; creating design concepts, providing art direction and styling spaces for commercial photoshoots and wedding days. In time I found my feet and decided to provide these services professionally under my own name.

Once again I found myself storytelling, as to my mind, styling is like a kind of narration. It’s about expressing ideas through imagery, objects, spaces and events. Articulating a concept through hue and tone; composition and shape. Style is the abstract made material.

For more on the work I do you can visit my portfolio as well as this blog post on my styling & design work. Alternatively – if your question isn’t answered on these pages or your curiosity is satiated – you can contact me by email. I’m always happy to hear from readers and those who’d like to work with me.

  1. anothercityurbanite

    23rd February 2014

    I stumbled upon your blog on the lbloggers chat tonight and I am happy I did because I love it, it's so refreshing to read and interesting too! Just followed you on twitter as well 🙂 Keep up the writing! p.s. I thought I wrote a comment but it never went through! so if you get two apologies! 🙁 x

  2. Alex Barker

    23rd February 2014

    Thank you so much! x

  3. Danielle Eskdale

    16th March 2014

    Oh I love this! Someone after my own heart.
    We currently live in the city (after I was brought up in a small town) and hate it. Hopefully by the end of the year we'll be in a little detached house in the middle of nowhere growing our own etc.


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