The tide was out this afternoon at Cleethorpes which was perfect. Loads of ripples in the sand and a chance to see some of the crusty bits clinging to the buoys and breakwaters which would normally be under the water. This was all great, but I want to twist the theme somehow.
A-ha! Found a fisherman's net washed up on the beach. The knotting and the colours have made me want to use some sort of macrame/crochet with string to form either the top of a dress or a bag. Sketched out a dress and thought about using a retro vibe as the shapes of the sand and seaweed automatically lend themselves to the shapes used in fabric and design in the 70s.
Other ideas buzzing in my head:
- small shells - like sequins - could use them in this way
- dying string - dipped or some technique I don't know the name of yet
- using something to stiffen the string in places - wax maybe?
- look at fishing net - do they use fine nets?
- using seaweed shaped applique
- spraying fabric with sand
- sandwich seaweed between plastic/fabric. Bind together somehow. Felting?