Sea Shell Flowers with Sandi Blanda

flowers and bees made from shells

This is a great opportunity to improve your shell-art skills and learn to make some new flowers.  Students will assemble sprays of flowers into a shadowbox frame.  There will be additional room in the frame for more of your special flowers. Students should bring their imagination and samples of their own flower-making to be included in the compositions. These skills are transferable to designing future sailors valentines. Materials will include new shells, glue, and shadowbox.

Maximum class size: 12

Sandi Blanda felt an immediate connection when she saw her first sailors valentines in 1983.  She is inspired by antique pieces but focuses on creating original one-of-a-kind designs.  In addition she shares her love of the art through teaching and speaking engagements.  Sandi’s valentines are part of permanent collections in the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA and the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel, FL.  Her work is featured in Sailors Valentines Their Journey Through Time (2006), Women and the Sea (2009), and Under Glass A Victorian Obsession (2013).  Sandi is listed in Who’s Who in America.

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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