Juried Members > Denise Betourne

Media: Mixed Media

All of my Sailor’s Valentines are influenced by my years of floral designing, gardening and my love of sea shells. A Sailor’s Valentine is an 8 sided box filled with intricate patterns and flowers crafted of sea shells and then covered with glass. They originated in Barbados between 1830-1880. Sailors from American and English ships stopping to port bought them as tokens of love and affection to give to wives, daughters and sweethearts after being away at sea. I craft my Valentines with shells from all over the world and use the finest hand made boxes. Sailor’s Valentines are highly collectible and adorn homes all over the world.

Juried Since:

2013

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