Monday, 12 September 2011

Sand, Sea, Shells and... a lot of buttons!

From crystal clear waters and sun-drenched beaches to a rather blustery day here at Inspired: Scilly HQ! My time in Scilly was simply magical and I am now in a bit of a time warp - did it really happen...?! It certainly feels like I've been to another world.

I'm pleased to report that there was much gathering of shells (watch this space for these swirls of natural colour and pattern finding their way into my work) and so much inspiration, I shall be busy writing it all down in my new notebook (which just happens to be illustrated with Scilly pictures - perfect). I was also delighted to discover a little craft fair that was on in the town hall on the day that I sadly had to leave and it cheered me up a bit buying, well, rather a lot of bargain buttons! I've just poured these into a big kilner jar and (rather sadly) I'm just rejoicing over the fact that they fill it up exactly! Of course, the idea is not to just gaze upon my gorgeously full stash of treasures but to use my Scilly finds in my next pieces of work. Expect to see shell hairpieces, 'buttoned-up' accessories and many more fishy finds!

To get started, here's my latest hair vine, adorned with shells, sparkling crystals and crystal pearls, all hand-woven with sumptuous sterling silver wire:

Watch this space for upcoming pieces of work inspired by my wonderful weeks away, snaps from my adventures and features on some of the places and things that I discovered on my travels!