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2016 NEW BOOKS
CONTEMPORARY SAILORS’ VALENTINES:
Romance Revisited
Pamela Boynton
• Work fromeighteen top artists of Sailors’Valentines—incredibly intricate
arrangements of seashells in octagonal boxes
• More than 300 photos show the precise detail of the shell work
techniques
• They weren’t made by sailors!—the helpful introduction reveals the true
history of this centuries-old art
Here are new, contemporary perspectives on a craft from the 1800s,
including eighteen top artists’ insights about Sailors’ Valentines
plus more than 300 photos of their exquisite work. This collection
shows how the once-obscure Victorian-era craft has gained its
steadily-increasing popularity today. Sailors’ Valentines, amazing
mosaics of finely-crafted shell work usually set in an octagonal box,
were originally created as gifts for the loved ones of sailors who were
returning home to America, England, and Holland. The surprising
history of the craft is explained—including how a 1961 revelation put
rest to the myth that sailors made these pieces. Highly imaginative,
remarkably colorful, and executed with great vision and precision,
these contemporary artists’ examples of Sailors’ Valentineswill inspire
artists and others to become lovers of shell art themselves.
PamelaBoynton
has beenmaking, studying, and restoring Sailors’
Valentines for fourteen years, and along the way has gotten to know
many of today’s Sailors’ Valentine artists. She spent her career as a
director of publications at various schools in New England. She is
featured in the documentary
7 Sanibel Artists
.
Size: 9" x 12" • 310 color photos • 224pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-5102-0 • hard cover • $60.00
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