All that driftwood! When we moved to Asheville, I hauled several bins of driftwood in order to create this type of art: mobiles, wallhangings, or these long hanging strings. At first they were solid driftwood, but as my stash shrunk, I started adding beads and other things I have collected.
When I ran out of heavier pieces to hang on the bottom to hold the strings steady, I began attaching Lake Superior rocks. Because I am always looking for things to use in my art in second hand shops, on this piece I used a really cool African napkin ring holder I purchased at Lulu's. That's the joy of creating something: I have an idea in my head, but it is never exactly what Ianticipated, as ideas strike me along the way that make it even better. I have drawers and bins full of possibilities: pieces of nature from everywhere I go, scraps of paper, old books and postcards, small old game parts, clock parts, bike parts. It is like putting a puzzle together...and just ask my kids...I love puzzles. They know because I have a habit of buying gifts for others that I want.