It was my birthday while we were away at The Contemporary Craft Festival, which on the downside meant that I had to work on my birthday, but on the upside meant that Jim was absolutely spoiled for choice with what to buy me for a present!
I have been a huge fan of Kirsty Elson's work for a long time. So I was very, very happy when I opened my present from Bella and Lily to discover that it was my very own Kirsty Elson original.
All her work is made from the driftwood that Kirsty finds on the beach, along with old nails that she uses for chimneys and railings, and each piece is incredible in it's beauty and detail.
I have strong childhood ties to the coast, having lived in a number of seaside towns, and these pieces are just so evocative of a time I loved so much. Plus, and this is one of the reason's Jim and the girls chose this piece, the link to textiles, with the washing line just makes it all the more perfect.
If you get a chance to see Kirsty's work in person, you really should, because you'll love it. It's impossible not to. In the meantime though you can see more of her work, plus read all about how she does it on her blog.
© Kirsty Elson