Beautiful shellwork mirrors and decorative pictures each individually handmade along with colourful seascapes and landscapes inspired by the rugged coastline and turquoise waters around St Ives, Cornwall. Renewable energy paintings highlighting Wind and Solar by Sarah Bond. Bringing the beach and sea to light, bright Archangel Studio.
Come and visit us at Archangel Studio, 1, Abingdon Road, Cumnor, OX2 9QN
on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2023 from 11am-5pm
The round mirrors dimensions are 50cm diameter
The square picture dimensions are 27 x 27cm
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss commissions
My shellwork began during Lockdown when I yearned for the seaside and beach walks seeing what treasures could be found. My shell obsession stemmed from my childhood summer holidays in the Isles of Scilly where I spent hours beach-combing. We found cowries (the rarest treasure), wentletraps, tower shells, mussels, periwinkles, top shells, whelks, cockles, mini urchins, scallops, ammonites, sting winkles, spiral shells and of course limpets. They are such beautiful forms created by nature, so fragile, yet so very strong.
Shelling is a slow, mediative process which involves sticking each shell in place in either a seemingly random or orderly pattern. You need a time and patience, which Lockdown certainly gave me. Working out which size or sort of shell matches each other requires careful attention to detail to maximise the intricate beauty of nature’s legacy from sea and shore.