Sailor's Valentines are a form of sea shell art, popular in the 1800s, when sailors brought them home to their wives, girlfriends, mothers, or sisters. Most Sailor's Valentines were made in the West Indies, on the island of Barbados, between 1830 and 1880, but production continued into the early 20th century. People used to think that sailors made them aboard ships, but research has shown almost all were made in Barbados for sale to British and American sailors. In the nineteenth century people were very interested in nature and nature crafts and collections; this was only one form of shell art.
Gregg started his craft from a box of macaroni and has been making Valentines for over 20 years. With over 50 pieces in his gallery Gregg gets inspiration from all around us. In recent times Gregg has specialized in creating pieces that to celebrate a place or moment in time. His most recent work is the Mayflower which is a dedication to Plymouth celebrating 400 years and the welcoming of the Mayflower.
Each piece is unique with not one alike. Gregg custom designs each piece just based on inspiration and what is around him. He collects shells from all over and braids his own rope and makes his own knots in each piece making them unlike any other piece around.
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