A woman has turned hilarious one-star reviews from Tripadvisor about the famous fishing village where she lives – into works of art.
Sally Mitchell was ‘baffled’ when she came across horrible comments online about Mevagissey – including people complaining that the sun was too bright.
It’s one of Cornwall’s finest destinations attracting thousands of tourists every summer – but not everyone enjoyed their stay here.
Bad Tripadvisor reviews complain about noise from seagulls, hills that are too steep, or roads that are too narrow.
Others posted comments like “not as good as we hoped” and “unless you’re a fan of headlights, don’t bother”.
Sally decided to turn the negativity into a light business and create crafty art out of the ordeal.
She called her new collection “An Overrated Place” and encouraged customers to “order now for guaranteed disappointment”.
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Sally said: “I had some free time and managed to get myself into this mischief.
“I live right by the harbour, and it’s a really nice place to live – so when I saw these one-star reviews, I thought there seemed to be a bit of a disconnect with the experiences people and how I find this place to be my home.”
One user said Mevagissey was ‘a place that needed to be brightened up, really quite depressing’, while another thought the historic fishing port ‘smelly and there’s nothing to see or to do”.
Sally explained that she was annoyed at first by the comments, but was quickly amused by the “small” words – mainly because they are mostly observations beyond anyone’s control.
She said: “It made me laugh because they are so stupid.
“It’s just weird because it’s things like seagulls that make too much noise, or the hills are too steep, or the roads are too narrow.
“Surprisingly, when cities were built, they didn’t plan for two-way traffic!
Having already created some great illustrations of her region, Sally began experimenting with reviews.
She placed the words of disgruntled tourists on her artwork and said, “It just clicked.”
Some comedic comments include, “It used to be a lovely fishing village, but now it’s a mess”.
Others read: ‘We leave before it drags us down’ and ‘Seagulls are rampant’.
Now Sally says her small business has taken off in ways she never expected, and since August is usually a slow month for her anyway, this project has “filled [her] the weather well enough”.
Since sharing her artwork on Twitter on August 1, Sally’s inbox has been filled with “hundreds, if not thousands,” of people asking her to produce something about their city.
She said: “It’s just one of those stupid things that has gone crazy, but the responses have been overwhelmingly positive.
“One of the most popular requests is that the sand is too wet at Perranporth to build sand castles – I’ve had a lot of requests about Penzance.
“Looking at Tripadvisor reviews, people seem to find Penzance really boring.”
When describing one of the most bizarre comments the artist has experienced, Sally revealed, “A friend of mine mentioned a Tripadvisor review that downvoted her on Airbnb because the sun was too bright.
“They were facing east, so when the sun came up in the morning, it was shining, and it was too bright apparently.”
Sally admits she’s not entirely sure why her work was so successful, but thinks it was “being in the right place at the right time”.
She added: “I’ve shared the artwork on Twitter when Cornwall is busiest – and of course it’s a silly season.
“So it was apparently the right time for this without knowing it; nothing was planned at all.
“In the end, people said it made them laugh – and I think we all need a little laugh right now.”
Credit: Lauren Beavis, SWNS.
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