the process

The process of turning rubbish into art is perhaps a little more involved than one might imagine. It's not just a case of picking it up and glueing it together. The first step is to beachcomb at every opportunity. Caroline (my partner) and I try to beach clean whenever we go to the shore, even if it's just a few pieces and not destined to become part of a sculpture...

Gunwalloe, Cornwall, UK.
A strong southerly brings more debris ashore.
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Winter storms usually reap the higher rewards.

And now comes the laborious process of washing, scrubbing and sterilising the pieces...

...before drying, sorting into size and colour and filing in storage boxes. 

Getting creative...

The larger pieces are selected and laid out to see how the overall shape and size works...

...then smaller objects are offered up and sometimes they suit and sometimes (quite often) they dont.

The assembly of a large work such as the tug "Stuggy I" can take days. Often the work cannot be completed until a specific part to suit is found.

Off to the beaches

again!

Now for the 'twiddly bits'...

Until, finally...

"Stuggy 1"

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