Mên-an-Tol

 
 Artwork by Robert William Davis

Artwork by Robert William Davis

I founded oB whilst I was living in St Ives on the Cornish coast. Not far away, more inland there is a collection of three ancient, thought to be Neolithic/Bronze age, stones called Mên-an-Tol. Just 3 satisfying shapes that sat mysteriously within an unmoving and barren field. One of the stones is circular shaped with a perfect hole in the middle and the other two are small vertical stumps placed in line with the hole. I was drawing up ideas around naming and symbolising my label oB and Instantly became reminded of how these stones looked like my oB! 

There’s a myth surrounding the stones that by crawling through the hole of the circular stone numerous times would cure all sorts of bodily ailments. But I thought even without the myth, because the hole appeared big enough to pass your body through you felt inclined to clumsily give it a go. People were drawn to engage with the rocks, touching and admiring their formations from different angles, kneeling down so they could see another perspective through the window of the hole. I became very exited as I started to create a connection and related it to how I wanted to make clothing: objects that encourage your interaction. I eagerly took it as a sign to establish a connection. After that first encounter with the stones images of them keep on creeping up!

 Photograph by my Grandad Neil 

Photograph by my Grandad Neil