Little Beauties

Earlier this year, my husband and I had a wonderful two weeks in beautiful Northumbria. It was our first visit and won’t be our last.  Three things summed it up for us – glorious unspoilt beaches, warm and friendly people, and excellent well priced food!  What more could you want?  The weather was fantastic and, apart from the day that Storm Ali came and blew my husband’s prescription glasses into the North Sea, but that’s another story!

Due to the kindness of a couple of folk on my favourite Facebook Page – “Beachcombing, British Coastline), I found my way to a great spot near Seahouses and also to Seaham in County Durham.  Here I found not the plentiful sea glass, pottery or limpets in plentiful supply elsewhere, but my sort of found objects:

When I got home, I had a lovely time putting together mini assemblages from these and other bits and pieces

Feeling Bookish II

My last post mentioned a beach find of a mobile phone:

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Found at Church Norton May 2018

When I took the phone apart, I found a lovely rusty circuit board which I found intriguing and knew that I would use it someday.  It  s time has come!

I made tiny pages using papers made on a course “Experimental Batik” with Hetty Van Boechout.  These were just the colours I was looking for to complement the rust and verdigris of the circuit board.  The reverse is formed from another part of the phone.  The finished piece is tiny but beautiful to me!

Holy Island

Whilst on holiday we made our second visit to the wonderful Holy Island otherwise known as Lindisfarne.

Lindisfarne Castle
September 2018

It’s a busy place, even out of season as we were, but a very special one.  Visits are determined by the tide and many people head straight for the castle and priory missing the incredible beach.

Nobody much on the beach
Love Lindisfarne

I knew from a brief visit last year that the old boathouses were very photogenic

The pink boat house Lindisfarne
Pretty in pink

But this trip I found some lovely close up shots which provide great inspiration for some textile or other work

 

And some others for work in paint or mixed media.  I usually work in earth colours so these will make a nice change.

 

What to do with what I’ve found

We recently had a long holiday in wonderful Northumbria.  Such a beautiful County – the least populated in England – we met many friendly locals and were blown away (almost literally in a gale that took my husband’s prescription specs into the North Sea!) by the stunning beaches … and by the almost total lack of tourist litter on them.  One day we came across a party of schoolchildren who regularly beachcomb for rubbish – a marvellous initiative.

I did go to two locations (given to me by friends on a Beachcombing Facebook page) where I found some of my sort of treasure.  One of these was Seaham in County Durham – a shrine to sea glass collections from all over the world.  Glass is not “my thing” however – my tastes are altogether less pretty ….

Having now washed and catalogued my finds, the more difficult task is to decide what happens to them next.  As you will see above, one item suggested a face straight away but, as I do not usually work in a representational way, I shall have to see what else comes to mind!

Feeling Bookish

I was recently looking at my various finds and decided that a piece of old number plate reminded me of a book cover.  I rubbed it down and set about making a paper book to go inside.

 

The bound book had covers made from prints and I added a fishing line and weight in colours to match.  However, I was not happy with this – I felt the interior needed to be made from found objects to match the cover.  I had a rummage and found some suitable fibreglass pieces.

My next book project will be to make a mini book using part of this found mobile phone part as the cover ….

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