Saturday, January 29, 2022

From Pen Shells to Sea Silk

Joyce Matthys will explain how this pen shell becomes this sea-silk.

When Joyce Matthys began her quest to learn the ancient art of creating sea-silk, she had no idea that it would end with her meeting the world authority on sea-silk at the Museum of Natural History in Basel, Switzerland, or that she would become known as the first person outside the Mediterranean to ever create it.

What is sea-silk? It is an extremely fine, rare and valuable antique fabric made from fine hairs produced by pen shells. These hairs help anchor the shells to the ocean floor.

Her program at the Thursday, February 7th meeting of the Marco Island Shell Club is titled “Rediscovering Sea-silk.” Joyce will take you behind the scenes that resulted in her award-winning exhibit at the 2017 Sanibel Shell Show.

The meeting will begin at 6 PM at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome.

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