It all started with a kelp basket class at Flora Pacifica 12 years ago. I was and still am totally amazed with this organic Bull Head Kelp that floats in the ocean and dislodges itself in storms to float up onto the beach. To use it in the art state it has to lay there and cure with the natural elements of the sun, wind and sand. Hide Tide Treasures was created from gathering preserved pieces hidden in sandy/rocky areas on the beach along the coastal shore line. Actually looks like vegan hide. The lamp shade pieces can take up to 3 to 4 years curing to allow the light to come through. The possibilities for creating kelp pieces are endless: candle holders, flower vases, wine bottle covers, casserole carriers, lamp shades, wall art, picture frames, magnets using the bulb ends. Nothing goes to waste! I also enjoy teaching kelp sewing classes (groups of 4-6).