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    I'm in the process of creating a driftwood giraffe approx 6ft tall & would appreciate it if anyone knows who I could market it at & hopefully all the other sculptures that will follow. I started out making mirrors & sconces from driftwood but felt I wanted to do something more 'earthy' if that makes sense! I tried my hand at constructing this giraffe & everyone that has seen it has given me a positive reaction. It still needs some work but once it's finished, hopefully in the next 4 weeks I will be adding it to my website. I have some more ideas for further sculptures but need to try to find an outlet.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    www.euneka.net

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    Could be getting it wrong but that sort of thing sounds like gallery material - are there any local to you that you could approach...?
    Mel

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    • #3
      They seem to be mainly painting galleries round here & it's quite a big sculpture, but it might be a start, thanks
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      • #4
        What about a zoo?
        There's one nearby to us that has a giraffe (Gerald).
        He shares his pen with a zebra (Zebedee)

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        • #5
          What a coincidence, my giraffe's called Gerald too. Might have to change his name so the zookeeper doesn't mix them up!
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          • #6
            Galleries that sell sculpture etc would seem like a good idea, as does the zoo

            I can see something as large as your giraffe in a restaurant/cafe/garden centre/shop window etc, as a crowd puller or in a window display

            Got any garden centres that sell pets....maybe you could do some driftwood scupture for fish tanks (sorry....just an idea, I hope you don't think I'm de-valueing your work) Anyway, hope you find a good home for Gerald

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            • #7
              I was gonna say maybe some big garden centres too, the ones that are quite trendy and attract some big spenders for some big pieces like your giraffe - cant wait to see it!

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              • #8
                Hi Mike

                I note that you are based in Dorset and wonder if you have considered driving to Arundel in West Sussex to have a look at the shops there?

                It's quite arts and crafty (and antiques) but you may come across a shop or gallery where you could sell your items. It's quite a quaint town and I think your driftwood items would fit in well


                Emma
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                • #9
                  Thanks Emma,

                  I'll do some research on that as it sounds like it could be a good place.
                  I may be able to pick up some driftwood from the Sussex coast while i'm there!

                  Regards,
                  Mike
                  www.euneka.net

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                  • #10
                    Maybe you could approach places like Longleat to buy one off animal sculptures

                    And I'm sure with the influx of "money" to places like Sandbanks in Poole there must be galleries catering for their arty needs that would exhibit your works
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                    • #11
                      I thought of Longleat as well this morning. I know Lord Bath likes his art and sculptures and they have giraffes there too .... as well as lions .... I bet a lion would look great made out of driftwood!
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                      • #12
                        Great idea, maybe I should start collecting my roar materials today!

                        Longleat could be a good place to contact.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michael Hemming View Post
                          Great idea, maybe I should start collecting my roar materials today!

                          Longleat could be a good place to contact.
                          I think it "wood" be worth your while getting in touch with Longleat (hey, you're not the only one who can do bad jokes!) I'm assuming if they're made from driftwood they're fine to be outside? I know they have some sculptures on display that you can see when you go on the train ride.
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                          • #14
                            Hi, just checked out your website and love your work. I love driftwood too, and have made mirrors, but haven't got any sculpting skills.

                            No wonder I couldn't find much driftwood on the beach when I was on the Jurassic coast recently! It'll all be in your studio!

                            There are some excellent suggestions in this thread, and they'd probably all work. I think the small seaside galleries could be good, as people sometimes go on holiday wanting to spend money and more people (with money) are holidaying in this country nowadays. People love to bring back something that reminds them of a particular place - I know I do.
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                            • #15
                              I just want to say as well have looked at your website and you do some really lovely things, I love driftwood. We used to live in Devon and were on westward ho beach one day in attrocious weather and a huge piece had been brought in and washed onto the pebble ridge, and I had to have it!!!!! It took 6 of us to carry it up over the ridge and down to the car, luckily we had a huge estate and managed to fit it in. But when we got it home had to take the back gate off the house to try and get it in. It made a brilliant natural bench in the garden, but sadly we had to leave it behind when we moved

                              Anyway, also wanted to say love the wording 'shaped by the elements, brought by the tide' that is really lovely. And as you are in Dorset you are so close to so many beautiful parts of the country, i.e Somerset, Devon etc who I know have numerous galleries which I am sure would be interested in your work. And agree, Longleat would be a great place to approach.

                              Good luck with it all, and look forward to seeing the giraffe!!
                              Jo x

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