Thursday, 7 March 2019


Just recently I've started to play around with some ideas for driftwood art, the well-known practice of picking up bits from beaches and creating things out of them.

Had always liked the idea of it, but for years I lived in Southend-on-Sea, and you didn't really want to go poking around the Thames Estuary looking for things washed up!

However, now I've moved to the Isle of Portland, I've got Chesil Cove as my local beach. 
Here you often find bits of wood and all sorts of strange things washed up, especially after a big storm.

So after collecting a few bits of flotsam and jetsam, I made this little boat sitting on a wooden block ...

All made from things found at Chesil Cove. 

I absolutely love the idea of recycling bits to make them into something new. I already do a lot of 'upcycling' of furniture, so this can be another strand!

Both wood and plastic have been used. The right-hand sail is actually a bit of painted wood from a boat. 

As all the bits were washed up on Portland, there could only be one name to use!

And of course reminding everyone that it's in Dorset!!

Love the worn, rusty nail and the natural patterns in the wooden block.

I haven't actually attached the boat to the block yet, so it can be a portable boat as well!

When I've made a few more things, I'll start to put them on sale. First in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset, then perhaps at some art fairs. 

Stay tuned!

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