Get To Know Heidi
Hello and welcome to Apricity Designs! I’m Heidi, mom to two little people, wife, lawyer-turned-artist, and a lover of travel, beaches and of course seaglass.
Over the last 10 years my family has lived in the UK, Canada and the US, and we’ve traveled a lot along the way. I’ve had the chance to seaglass hunt in wonderful places, like Bermuda, the Channel Islands, and the most amazing place of all, Seaham Beach in the UK.
After many years of collecting seaglass, a few years ago I started creating with it. It happened quite by accident, when my cousin-in-law, knowing I liked both seaglass and doing artsy things, asked if I could create seaglass pictures for her bridesmaids. I said sure, and got to work figuring out how to make them! I shared the finished pictures on social media afterward, and other people started asking to buy them too. And with that, Apricity Designs got its start!
My art is cheerful and colorful and yet quite minimalist. In addition to seaglass, I also use other little treasures found in nature, and polymer clay that I form into tiny shapes.
All of the glass used in my work is naturally tumbled by the sea, and is not machine tumbled, painted, or altered in any way. I now source my glass from various suppliers around the world in order to have a supply of beautiful, well-tumbled pieces in a variety of colors. Of course I still go seaglass hunting myself though, any chance I get!
Apricity Designs brings me so much joy and it’s a pleasure to share it with you.
Thanks for stopping by.
A bit about my process:
Each seaglass picture begins with me searching through my (rather large!) collection of treasures for the perfect little pieces of glass, stones etc. After I’ve selected just the right pieces for the picture I have in mind, I arrange them on thick, textured watercolour paper.
Sometimes things just kind of come together; other times I have to fuss a bit to get it right! It always amazes me how a slightly different coloured piece of glass or a different shaped stone can make all of the difference to a picture.
Once I’m happy with the pieces I’ve chosen, I add the little details with paint, pen, and sometimes polymer clay pieces which I create myself.
Then, after affixing all of the items, I pick out just the right frame or shadowbox to compliment the finished piece!