We are welcoming the amazing Holly Freemantle to the blog this week, and we’re heading to the beach!
Please tell us a little about your background.
Hi I’m Holly, founder of Tides of Teal. I love to surf and create resin oceans!
As a trained Industrial Designer from Loughborough University, I have explored the world of design and making and found my passion in working with resin! Being the furthest point from the sea in every direction whilst at university, I spent summers working in Polzeath and teaching myself to surf to get my beach fix!
After university and saving hard, Dan and I went travelling and spent some time working in New Zealand. Travel is a big passion of ours and we are always saving for our next trip! On return to the UK, having always had a passion for crafting, I spent the next few years exploring different crafts at a hobby level, until discovering the joy of resin!
For now we’re back in Somerset (born and bred), and although it’s still a drive to the beach, the joy of making oceans in our home makes up for not having a sea view (the ultimate dream!).
How did you get into resin? How long have you been using resin?
Last year I saw an Instagram process video of an artist making waves from resin and I was instantly hooked! I wanted to know how they achieved such gorgeous and realistic looking waves! So the research started and I bought my first small pots of resin around a year ago. I’ve been playing and experimenting ever since, keeping my Instagram up to date with my progress.
Where do you make your creations – do you have a studio? Is this your full-time work?
I’m slowing taking over the small attic in our house with my resin work! Although it’s also home to our wetsuits and other gear, I like to call it my attic studio!
I currently work full time as a designer, but I hope one day, with enough hard work and determination, my ambitions of doing this full time will be fulfilled!
What inspires your work?
Is it a bit too obvious if I say the ocean?! I draw a lot of inspiration from the sea. When I’m not making the ocean I like to be riding it! I think the joy of surfing and working with resin are similar. Both are free flowing, take time to master and have captured my heart!
What is your favourite Resin8 product?
I am a big advocate of continuous improvement and have tried many different techniques to achieve the lovely lacing and cells that make resin waves. I have to say that my favourite and ‘go to’ white pigment is the Resin8 Opaque White. The cells are beautiful and I recommend this pigment to anyone wanting to make resin oceans!
Do you sell your work? Where can we see your work – Instagram and/or Facebook?
My work is available from my Etsy store: etsy.com/shop/TidesOfTeal
Website coming soon www.tidesofteal.com
We hope you have been inspired by Holly’s beautiful beach inspired work!
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