Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Flotsam and Jetsam

Been to the beach lately? Even in the cold icy winds of winter the shoreline here offers up a banquet of delights to the scavengers among us. Some of the flotsam and jetsam from the shores of our island made into my weaving and is the subject of a new exhibit at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

Gorgeous photography of the ocean side from Jayme Burns showcases sea life and shoreline vistas. There are beautiful framed photos and sets of photo cards all tied up with pretty little shells. She did the beautiful postcard for the exhibit above!

Accompanying the photography is the paper magic of Katherine Scott. Incredible handmade books have paper cast seashells and driftwood on the covers and in some cases driftwood is the cover. She has also created one of a kind framed collages with hand printed papers and sea life.

There are hand bound albums and tiny books of poetry and whale books and well you'll just have to come to the show to see all of the other goodness!

Needless to say I'm delighted to have woven baskets to accompany the work of these two artists. The theme of flotsam and jetsam meant there was all sorts of beach debris to work with so I tried to get a good variety in to the baskets. This piece has the bait nets woven in to the sides.

There are a few simple but ocean inspired pieces too like "Calm Waters" below.

I gave you a sneak peek of a couple of baskets like the urchins and had fun creating some less serious work too.

 The moon snails made great little necklaces and the rubber boot that was found on the beach in Gabarus is a "Boot House" for some wayward starfish. ;)

 The exhibit is open until the end of May so drop in to the CBCCD gallery if you're in Sydney to catch all of the sea life we brought together.


Needleit said...

These are all terrific Shari, the boot is great fun with wooly starfish. :)) I was expecting an opening night for the exhibit, did I miss it?

ASpinnerWeaver said...

Oh, I wish I could come see the show! Thanks for the peek at it. The urchin baskets are cool, the blue one just beautiful, the boot is fun, and oh, those moon snail necklaces! I'd love to see it all. Hope it is a great show for you! ~Annie

RedTwigBrownTwig said...

Thanks Joan, no opening night but a meet and greet Sat. I can't be there but Katherine and Jayme will be on tap to field ??'s like what is that? ;)

RedTwigBrownTwig said...

Thanks Annie for your kind words. It was fun getting the baskets woven and will be interesting to hear the reaction to the displays.