Friday, 20 January 2012

The gentle art of wrecking

photo courtesy of Matthew Fox/Studiofourseven

Wrecking - not the practise of luring ships to founder then plundering their cargo, but the term used in the West Country for beachcombing - subject of Nick Darke's film 'The Wrecking Season'.

As he said, every item found on the strandline has been on a journey and has a story to tell. Whatever can be salvaged and re-used is starting a new story. 

In the same way, I like to imagine the tide of everyday living washing up timeworn treasures on the strandline of charity shops, car boot sales, even ebay. Whenever I find something that I can reclaim, recycle or upcycle I feel a sense of excitement. My salvage may sit in my stash for days or months, but will eventually be used to create something new.

The idea that my creation starts a new story is what drives my work and gives me a sense of achievement. 

Title upcycled from 'The Shell Book of Beachcombing' Tony Soper

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