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.
Gunwalloe, Cornwall, UK.

A strong southerly brings more debris ashore.

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Winter storms usually reap the higher rewards.

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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. 

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Getting creative...

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

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

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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

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Now for the 'twiddly bits'...

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Until, finally...

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"Stuggy 1"