Did I grab your attention with that title? Come on a mixed media journey – I will explain…
Earlier this year, my friends Sarah Dressler ( of Toadstools and Treestump artist dolls) and her family went to the UK. Sadly there were ashes to scatter, but also family to visit and adventures to be had. One pivotal stop was at The Ha’en. (Ethie Haven, north of Arbroath on the East Coast of Scotland). Sarah’s maternal grandfather purchased a cottage in the early days of this century. Originally fisherman’s cottages, they have been shared and passed down to family members to this day.
|Ethie Haven, Scotland aka the Ha’en.|
Naturally Sarah and her daughter Emma (my fabulous, talented teacher’s aide) did some beach combing. I was struck by the delicate beauty of their dainty treasures; which they graciously offered to share with me. The idea to encapsulate memories, to create a talisman for them was instantaneous. Here is what I created:
|Mother and daughter “Memory medleys” contain shells, sea glass, coral chips, pebbles… from the beach at the Ha’en.|
The tiny bits of sea pebble, beach glass, coral, shell are cast into a resin cabochon. The outer shell was a beach combing find as well, and I knew I wanted the wee pieces to peek through the ring of shell. The pairing is tab set for strength, security, and to provide a bright reflective backing – highlighting the treasures.
This medley of sorts, a mermaids treasure, a selkie’s collection – the idea took hold of me… I can’t walk the Delaware beaches without at least one pebble or shell. The ocean gives me a small token each trip. I have ocean treasures in many spots around my studio, AND I recently went to the Sea Shell City shop in Fenwick DE with this idea in mind.
|Treasure on my “water” shelf; purchased materials and found treasures.|
These are the first pieces. They are a bit yellow as I was using older resin, and that doesn’t bother me. A bit of a golden glow… They are easy to do, yet very time consuming as each involves 2-3 resin pours. Items are added in layers to control floating… and sinking!
|Mermaid medley resin cab prototypes.|
These would be perfect for tab setting. For bead embroidery. They could be drilled. I plan to do 4 different things to these four. Oh so many possibilities!
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake