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"Compass Rose"  A Sailor's  Valentine by Gerda Reid

"Compass Rose" A Sailor's Valentine by Gerda Reid


 "Compass Rose" Sailor Valentine by Gerda Reid is a unique and handcrafted piece of maritime art. This intricate creation features an array of all-natural shells including Baby Cup shells, Blue Mussels, Sea Urchin spines, Gar scales, and more, expertly arranged in the shape of a compass rose. Measuring 7 inches in height and 7 inches in width, this one-of-a-kind piece is showcased in a beautiful mahogany case covered in glass, making it a perfect addition to any art collection or nautical-themed decor. Each detail of this exquisite Sailor Valentine reflects the craftsmanship and dedication to artistry by Gerda Reid, adding a touch of elegance and charm to any space. Truly a work of art that captures the beauty of the sea and the timeless allure of maritime design.

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  • Gerda Reid

    Gerda is a self-taught artist and her creations are entirely her own, including shell work (mosaics), inlays, scrimshaw, and artwork. Her designs are unique, intricate and precise, bright and cheery, and are often geometric and colorful with attention to shading.  Every shell used is naturally colored with nothing dyed.  She designs and constructs her own valentine boxes from mahogany or other select hardwoods.  Most of her valentines contain shells she collects from local beaches.

              Gerda was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States when she was 6 years old.  Her father, an artist and designer, shared her love for the finer arts.  Gerda graduated from Kean University with a dual major in fine arts and biology. She has years of experience as a biological illustrator and in a wide variety of arts and crafts including ceramics, painting, quilting, parquetry, Ukrainian Easter eggs, needlework and silk screening. She values her many friendships in the valentine community and enjoys trading ideas, supplies and techniques with fellow artists. With each new valentine, her methods and techniques improve, benefiting especially from competition.  Gerda competes at the Sanibel Shell Show and the Philadelphia Shell Show, where she has earned numerous awards.

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