Post by Kay
Precious Coral, what an other-wordly looking material-what is it exactly? Although it resembles inert rock, surprisingly, coral is actually an animal, a colonial population of simple polyps, (similar to jellyfish but they don’t move) comprised of a group of tentacles, a mouth and a digestive gut. An accumulation of these ‘exoskeletons’ produce the coral reef, which is limestone, and both are the result of a symbiotic relationships between organic and inorganic chemistry.
Coral polyps start life as free floaters, eventually attaching themselves to a solid surface. They reproduce both asexually and sexually by releasing eggs and sperm into the sea, called coral spawning. The coral reef is the most delicate and complex ecosystem on Earth, the largest reef system is the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Along with the rain forests, coral reefs have been analysed as being responsible for nearly 90% of the Earth’s oxygen levels in our atmosphere, though both ecosystems are disappearing at an alarming rate due to the destruction of habitat.
I’ve always loved coral, probably because I used to find old earrings and brooches belonging to my mother in her drawer when I was little. I do a similar thing now, except now I rifle through the ‘drawers’ of Pinterest to add to my Jewellery board. There’s a good selection of faux coral earrings on Amazon, and Kenneth Lane does these pretty coral earrings.
Regarding make-up, coral is also the the ideal, slightly less mainstream version of red lipstick. It has more of an eccentric edge, yet has the same glamorous impact minus any sense of retro.
Singer/Songwriter Cosima has been one of our ‘house models’ recently, and Lily Bertrand-Webb came round to the HQ to photograph her. Femi Konte did her hair in a half cornrow, half free-curl style and I had fun painting her face and being a general bossy boots all day!