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FAQ

  • WHY SEASHELLS?
    The short answer is: because I live in Florida, I love the beach and the lifestyle that comes with it. I have been foraging seashells throughout my life, more so since I moved to Florida. The first artwork I created from seashells was for our home. All I wanted was something beautiful to remind me of those lovely days on the beach with my husband. That was the beginning of using seashells as my medium, and it all just evolved from there.
  • WHERE DO THE SEASHELLS COME FROM?
    The seashells come from exotic locations where they are abundant. I only use the most common seashells and never endangered or protected species. I work with a trusted local supplier and source seashells that are a by-product of the food industry and otherwise would be considered a waste product. You can read more about other ways discarded seashells are used here- https://www.springwise.com/innovation/architecture-design/sustainable-material-made-from-shell-waste-eco-friendly-alternative-to-concrete/ https://www.earth.com/news/sea-shells-sustainable-biomaterials/ https://www.yankodesign.com/2021/09/24/this-sustainable-material-made-from-shell-waste-is-cheaper-eco-friendly-alternative-to-concrete/
  • SUSTAINABILITY
    Ways I strive for sustainability: I choose my suppliers with a promise of sustainability. I limit the number of artworks I create - In a world where in every industry, the idea is to do what you did yesterday, do it faster, do it cheaper, and sell more, I will always refuse to turn my art practice into an assembly line. I focus on quality instead of quantity. No mass production here. I reuse packaging materials when possible.
  • HOW DO I CLEAN A SHELLSCAPE™?
    You can use a soft cloth and wipe off the seashells. You could even use a paintbrush or a hairdryer on a low setting. You should be gentle when cleaning the artwork.
  • CARE?
    The artwork is for indoor use only and should be kept from direct sunlight.
  • WILL THE SEASHELLS FALL OFF?
    No, the seashells won’t fall off. They have permanently adhered.
  • WHAT TYPE OF GLUE IS USED?
    It’s called The Secret Sauce, and it’s a powerful adhesive.
  • DO YOU OFFER WORKSHOPS?
    Not at this time.
  • DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
    Yes, ship to most destinations. If you are having trouble checking out, please email me at Hello@katarinatifft.com
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