Shell, glass rod and smalti


Birdy One and Birdy Two were among the first artworks I created in my, then new, Mullumbimby studio. They grew orgnically, as so many mosaics do, out of the vast array of supplies I had collected and stashed in old crates under my workshelves. A number of years ago I had been fortunate enough to be given several large boxes of shells by an old Coral Sea fisherman. Amongst his collection was a large number of scallop shells. I cut these shells into tiny sharp 'feathers' and long tails and spiky wings, and The Birdys were hatched.