Grotie Buckies!

Grotie Buckies!

I’m always working on new designs and looking to nature for inspiration, and my latest design uses cowrie shells.

I’ve used small box frames (12.5cm square) to house a painted acrylic landscape, finished off with a cowrie shell.

Cowries – or Jenny Wrens as I knew them growing up (perhaps this is a Whalsay name. Let me know if you called them this too!) – are increasingly popular in jewellery making in Shetland. Several local artists have used casts of the tiny shell, so I thought I would have a go at using them in a different way.

I have however exhausted my supply, and slightly underestimated how rare they are to find! I think this might call for a special limited edition art piece.