Tuesday, November 08, 2011
aliens of the seashore...
there are some strange creatures to be found in the ocean, aliens of the deep in forms, colours and sizes beyond our imaginations. the geoduck is one of these curiosities, a creature i freely admit to finding both fascinating and revolting at the same time. this clam is not so much an alien of the deep, but one of the intertidal shore of the pacific northwest. the largest intertidal and burrowing clam in the world. specimens are known to be over 140 years old, with a weight of over 15lbs and lengths of several feet. that's one serious clam.
this geoduck was requested as a custom order, which i love because once again it gives me the opportunity to delve into the strange inhabitants we share this place with and learn more about them. this clam is a more moderate size of 10 inches, stitched up in linen and silk. but i hope it holds the feel of these monstrous molluscs. a reminder of the west coast and its wild spaces, for someone now halfway across the world.
other things i'm liking:
• Joni's wintry walks with the moose
• i think i will be asking A if he could whip me up a set of these wooden home candlesticks. perfect for dark winter months.
• karen barbe's creative darning has me almost wishing some of my clothes would spring a hole, so i could try and make them look this pretty.