I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us just a little bit about what inspires them, what they love, and what they choose to surround themselves with in their homes. Today, I’m delighted to present the next in an ongoing series here on the Etsy Blog: The Collectors. First published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, it’s 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).
To celebrate Earth Day this week, hope you’ll just love this beautiful collection of beach detritus with the wonderful Gooseflesh.
Isn’t Earth Day magical? I think it’s a wonderful time to celebrate the natural beauty of our fabulous planet, and here on Etsy especially, to appreciate the joy and brilliance behind eco-forward, future-friendly handmade thinking: recycling, recrafting, and rescuing objects to make our handmade world a better, more sustainable place!
Such is certainly the case with today’s mesmerizing collection of beach detritus with artist Gooseflesh. I’m so struck by the sheer beauty of her seashore findings and the way she’s charmingly crafted pieces of garbage into meaningful art with her collection.
Eco living is true magic, indeed. Here’s to eco artists, our handmade magicians, who celebrate Earth Day, everyday!
Who (are you): Helle Jorgensen, a.k.a. Gooseflesh
What (are you collecting): Beach Detritus: driftwood, sponges, shells, bones, shark egg cases, plastic beach detritus, bird’s nests, old needlework, tapestry wool, old concrete pots, plastic bags and truck names.
When (did you start): As a child.
How (many do you have?): Too many to count.
Where (do you find them): The beach, on the side of the road (discarded). Op-shops. (That’s Aussie for thrift store.)
Where (do you keep them): In my workroom in boxes, on display in the living room, or the garden.
What (‘s an interesting story behind one): One of my favourite nests is lined with soft fluffy white fur. I found it on the grass very close to a house where a little Maltese terrier lives. Its master brushes its coat and throws the fur into the garden, where the birds find it and bring it home to their nests.
What (piece would you like to add): Pink, orange and red discarded plastic bags.
Why (do you love them): I love the beauty and complexity of the natural objects from the beach. The bird’s nests are exquisitely made and are full of symbolism. The concrete pots come in weird and wonderful shapes and have an interesting patina. The truck names are just plain silly. The discarded plastic bags are a great medium for my crocheted sculptures. (Editor’s Note: Plarn, anyone?)
What (else do you collect): Friends!
So wonderful, Gooseflesh, thank you!
In her own beautifully organic handmade art, I love how Helle captures the magnificent wonder of our everyday world through her jewelry and sculptures made from pre-loved materials, inspired by the natural world. Be sure to visit her Earth affirming shop and her inspiring and beautiful blog for more moving expressions of the natural in our world.
Happy Earth Day, magicians!
How about you? Have a great collectors story? What do you collect? I’d love to hear.
Please post in the comments below.