Ocean Inspiration – Coast magazine
Allie Fredericks collects all sorts of flotsam and jetsam along the South Devon seashore and transforms her finds into quirky, colourful collages.
Early in the morning, before opening up her art gallery in Hope Cove, South Devon, Allie Fredericks walks the length of South Milton Sands, combing the shoreline to see what treasures the tide has washed up overnight. ‘The seashore is best when there’s no one else around. That peace, the shrill of an oystercatcher, the sound of the sea coming off the shingle, and the smell of the salty seaweed – it is super sensory,’ she remarks.
The romance of the sea inspires Allie’s work as a mixed-media artist, making collages with items she finds on the beach. The early morning light reflects in the waves and she can’t resist getting her feet wet in rock pools. ‘There is something deeply spiritual about being here on the shoreline,’ says Allie. ‘A powerful, magical energy exists where the land joins the water – I feel so connected to that whenever I walk here.’
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