“This wearable art-object tells the story of times spent walking the shoreline of a distant island - whether sand-whipped or sun-shined - when the heart leaps as they eye is caught by the glint of some half-buried treasure in the sand”
Made from fabric hand-printed using the cyanotype camera-less photographic process, this piece is my homage to the simple shell collector. I gathered hundreds of limpets-with-holes-in from the winter tidelines of St Agnes and Gugh.
When I’d filled my pockets many time over, I arranged the limpets on top of fabric coated with a solution that is highly sensitive to light. Where light reached the fabric, through the holes in the shells and around their edges, the exposure turned the fabric a rich shade of blue - reminiscent of the ever-changing waters surrounding the islands - while the spaces occupied by the shells, blocking the light, remained white.
After the exposure to light the shells were removed, squirrelled safely away my island studio with other collected curiosities. But what to do with the fabric that bore the mark of those happy hours spent prying shells from the sand? There was only one thing that felt right : I spent many hours