Peninsula artist Miffy Pittaway has turned a love of the beach into a business, using her lifelong collection of sea shells to create statement pieces for Australian homes.
The founder and owner of She Shell Art By Miffy is preparing to showcase her unique creations on Easter Saturday at the Point Nepean Portsea Craft Market.
Her pieces are handcrafted and designed to make a coastal statement in the home.
Ms Pittaway turned her lifelong passion for“being down at the beach” into a business six years ago, adorning interior wares with shells and tide-line finds collected from Victorian beaches over 34 years.
They represent, she says, “something real, something honest, something unique”.
The shells are interwoven with dried sea kelp and dried sea sponges, nautical rope and nautical boat floats, dried Banksias, dried seed pods, beach glass, high grade Mother of Pearl and Freshwater Pearl beads, Paua Shell Beads, Rose Gold Oyster Disks, Gold-lip Oyster Wings, driftwood and more.
All are non-exotic, non-endangered species of shells that have been stored away over the past three decades since the artist was four years old. Her stunning range includes ship wheel mirrors, bamboo keepsake storage boxes, large dramatic candelabras, small candelabras, candlesticks, mirrors, shadow boxes, decor balls and more.