I’m always working on new designs and looking to nature for inspiration, and my latest design uses cowrie shells.


I’ve used small box frames (12.5cm square) to house a painted acrylic landscape, finished off with

a cowrie shell.


Cowries – or Jenny Wrens as I knew them growing up (perhaps this is a Whalsay name. Let me know if you called them this too!) – are increasingly popular in jewellery making in Shetland. Several local artists have used casts of the tiny shell, so I thought I would have a go at using them in a different way.


I have however exhausted my supply, and slightly underestimated how rare they are to find! I think this might call for a special limited edition art piece.