Lynda Susan Hennigan
1089 Route 169
Woodstock, CT 06281
Studio Map & Directions
I saw my first Valentine in a museum in Cape Cod as a child and was always fascinated by them. In 2004, I decided to buy an old one. A collector of antiques I loved the history of the Valentine.
Sailors' Valentines were made between 1830 and 1890 by the native people of Barbados as a cottage industry, selling Valentines to the whaling ships. They are mosaic shell designs in an eight-sided box.
I went to an auction on the Cape where one sold for $21,000. I decided to make one for myself and I haven't stopped since. I have a whole house called the Shell Cottage, where I create and show my work. I make the Sailors' Valentines in the traditional way but create my own designs.
I love that Artist Open Studio, allows me to teach people about this craft.
Artists Open Studio Dates
November 23, 24, 25 & December 1 & 2
Artist will be demonstrating
An award winning shell artist specializing in recreations of Sailors' Valentines. Featured in Country Living Magazine and numerous publications. Lynda teaches workshops in her studio as well.