A lot of items wash up on our beach --- bottles, nets, aquaculture pipe and buoys, to name a few. But not so long ago, we started to see some large chunks of driftwood that looked to be broken bits of weir posts, or perhaps logs from a pulp mill.
Whatever they were, once Jantje set her eyes on them, all she could see was critters - bright, folk art creatures just waiting to come alive.
And so began a process of dragging the posts up the hill (thanks Geoff!), drying them out, carving them with chainsaws, adding bits of metal and cork and finally... paint.
Here's the journey from beach, to studio to Kingsbrae Garden (where these friendly fellows will be living until the fall).