Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak
on Feb 19, 2010
We are writing this to remind all of you that occasionally it’s good to look up from your scribblings and take note of your surroundings. Not only is it better for your posture and assures your loved ones you are in fact still alive, but you never know what you might find.
We are compulsive hoarders and like all creative types, are sods for bringing home interesting objects because of their colour or texture. A few months ago we were boring a friend to tears with our most recent selection of shells and pebbles when he spotted a piece of glass we’d picked up. He asked us to keep an eye out for more as he was thinking of maybe making some earrings for his girlfriend. So, next time we were out barking at the waves we had a nosy round in the pebbles and discovered loads of the stuff.
Now curious we got online and found that some of what we had was much older and more interesting than we’d ever imagined. Since we started, we’ve found some very ancient black glass, a good three hundred years old, maybe more, some cobalt blue, rare because it’s very fragile and even some red glass, one of the rarest colours going !
We are now completely hooked and spend hours shuffling up and down the beach together. We often get approached by people who can’t stand it any longer and have to ask what we’re up to, the lovely thing being that they usually come back minutes later having found some for us J Whether they think it’s some kind of care in the community programme or what we have no idea but we’re keeping them amused, which is the main thing.
For us, its a double bonus. We get to spend lots of days out at the coast together having silly amounts of fun and getting to claim our bus fares back off the tax man because we’re out on business. Then when we get home we have a pile of unique pieces of gorgeously tactile glass in so many colours and shapes for us to play with. What started as one small jar is now about fifteen big ones and we’re going back for more tomorrow. It’s cost us nothing other than travel and a pasty (even then we’ve walked it some days and taken our own), and what we come back with is unique every time with its own character and history.
Wherever I’ve been, there has always been something to inspire me, be it things to photograph, found materials or just the drive to get the hell out which has pushed me to do things.
Put your pencil/mouse/pliers down and go outside, even if it’s for five minutes and really look. You might be surprised at what you find.
Go on, we'll know if you don't :)
Karen and Rich