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Beach treasures & Beyond: the materials I like to work with


One man’s waste is another’s treasure...


I like to use seemingly ordinary manmade pieces which, broken and forgotten, are simply discarded, and one way or another find their way to the sea. This is where the magic begins as it is shaped and reborn by the sea.

Common examples of materials I use are...


Some of the more unusual beach finds can also find their way into my work; anything from old spark plugs to barnacle-encrusted paintbrushes.

Natural materials...


I love to find and use the beautiful driftwood which washes up on the shores. Seashells can also make an appearance in my work from time to time.

Never pick a pebble; what I won’t use...


While the shaped and worn roof slate which I use is often mistaken for pebbles, in fact I don’t use pebbles or stones from the beach. They are much prettier left where the waves have placed them, and it’s vitally important for coastal management that natural pebbles or stones are never removed from beaches.

Not always from the beach...


I also like to work with the more traditional  art materials such as canvas, paper and digital design. I love keep things fresh and keep the fun alive by playing and experimenting with lots of other materials and techniques from ceramics to needle-felted wool.