Scouring the Cornish and Norfolk coastlines for flotsam, Jo Atherton collects fishing line, netting and other unexpected items for her colourful tapestries. These orphaned objects, curated by the waves, are transformed into exciting, vibrant weavings, to be pondered and read anew.

Looking at her flotsam weavings, we can’t help but imagine every object’s untold story – who owned them and how did they arrive on a UK beach?

Cornish Blue (2014) Jo Atherton

Cornish Blue (2014) Jo Atherton

Jo explains. ‘I have always been drawn to the beach as a convergence zone, oscillating between the states of land and sea with each changing tide. ‘In-between’ travelling spaces are an integral theme in my work. Journeys begin and end here in this liminal space, where the tide delivers extraordinary objects from beyond the horizon.’


  1. I absolutely love the colurs in these jo. They remind my of those bowerbird nests that males buil to attract a mate!

  2. Hello Jo,

    As a life long “Beach Womble” seeing your work has inspired me to produce a piece of my own.

    I was lucky enough to meet Nick Darke a couple of times on cornish beaches, a very interesting and nice guy, a sad loss.

    Loved the Falmouth exhibition, good luck for the future.

    Best. Jules

    1. Hello Jules and thanks for your nice message. It’s always great to meet another ‘beach womble’! I’m really glad that you enjoyed my exhibition in Falmouth and that you will be having a go at weaving yourself. What a wonderful memory to have met Nick Darke on the beach. I would have enjoyed chatting with him, I’m sure.

      Happy beachcombing!


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