OC/BC Arts

OC/BC Arts is the studio of Octavia Charlesworth, a multidisciplinary artist based on the south Cornish coast. A classicist for many years, the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome as well as the mythology and epic literature flourishing from those times inform much of the artwork. 

Octavia's new citrus collection for Unpolished was inspired by a desire to follow in the footsteps of the 17th Century Botanical Johann Christoph Volkamer, whose botanical engravings documented the rarest and most bizarre citrus fruits at a time when a competitive craze for collecting them had developed amongst the aristocracy, believing that ‘the golden apples of the Hesperides' in Greek mythology were in fact citrus fruit. The collection displays a handful of citrus varieties seen by the artist while traveling in Europe, all of which are true to size and shape.