Thursday, March 12, 2009

Coastal Style Influences

When I came across a set of brass buttons at a flea market one day, an old sepia tone photograph of my father in his Navy uniform suddenly flashed across my mind.

Using some wool felt and a pillow form I was able to come up with this easy nautical accent.

Sometimes it takes a bit longer for inspiration to hit, such as the time our friends over in Blue Hill surprised me with a few bucketfuls of scallop shells. Although I did not immediately know what I was going to do with them, I was excited about the prospect of having such a large stash of them in my possession.

Although I still have plenty of them left, these shells were a quick way to transform my plain craft table into a one of a kind coastal accent piece.

Lately, I have noticed how living near the coast changes the way I think about design. Like these two pieces that were wheel thrown by my husband. Although this was not what he had in mind when he made them, I now refer to them as our Raku Jeanie Bottles.

Just today, I came across this free site that uses words imprinted randomly in images known as "word clouds" Just go to to try it out. Here's the image that was generated for me after I typed in a few random words.

How Very Inspirational!


Onedia said...

I love the form that your art takes. Using found objects as treasured pieces is so earth friendly and transforms forgotten and cast off items like the buttons.

The pottery is quite striking. I began using silver clay in making jewelry and treat it as sculpture in miniature. Your post reminds me that I need to get back to it. Since I hope to come to Maine in both April and for a month in the summer perhaps I will find some treasures that will inspire me back to the workbench.


Onedia Hayes Sylvest said...

Oh, thanks for the link I am adding a new category of Links for Maine Blogs. I am trying to find several to follow so that I can get more acquainted with people from Maine.

We do not know where we will stay in April but we intend to spend a few days in Eastport area.

I show my jewelry at a local artisan shop which is great since she does the publicity and takes care of the taxes and sends a check. I set my price and she adds her percentage. It is great. I don't know how my jewelry will sell now because of people cutting back. Luckily , I use the money for more supplies (of all kinds) and to pay for any new software for creating blog designs, etc.


Fearless Nester said...

Onedia, I don't know how you're finding the Maine blogs, but I'm tagging right along with you! Oh, and thanks for your comments on our art too, it helps keep me motivated to go "find" more things to work with now that the snow is melting!!