HOW DO SHELLMAN WORK?
Shelling is a slow and meditative process. Anyone not connected with his inner patience would argue: painstakingly slow.
It’s simple really. We glue one shell to another and eventually a shell frame is finished. It takes days, or weeks, depending on size and complexity. And it takes a good eye and understanding of which shell that goes with another.
Ninety percent of the time we work with our fingers. But sometimes a small shell needs to find a way to a tricky spot. Then we reach for a pair of tweezers or a worn-out dentist tool.
We’ve learned from Shellman Niels van Alphen, a young shell master in Amsterdam. To his skills we add our own tricks of the trade, creativity and an eye for what looks stunning and appealing to a Scandinavian audience.
In the studio we are each other’s fiercest critics:
“Wrong color combo, find another shell to match.”
“The shells on the right are too big. Chip ‘em off and start over.”
“The idea may look good in your head, but not on the frame.”
High ambitions and a careful approach to details is pretty much how we do outstanding decorative art from sea and beach.