Now that I have been here in Maine for a year I am starting to understand how important the whole Lobster and everything that goes with it is for people here. When you wonder around in Maine you end up seeing lobster related objects everywhere – souvenirs, traps, floats (or buoys), signs, food and so on. I have taken countless pictures of “everything lobster” and many of them are inspirational. On the beach you see plenty – the trap marker buoys with great colors, traps and bait bags washed up on the beach all the time. Sometimes they have all gotten mangled together in very interesting ways with various forms of other things floating around in the ocean.
The rope bags that hold the bait come in bright colors, often yellow, orange or green. Every once in a while you see one that has weathered beautifully or broken up so that it creates a different shape like the one in the picture next to the seaweed. It has formed itself to resemble the seaweed form!
There are so many crafts that use the lobster theme, the floats can make beautiful decorative items, sometimes they are made into bats! (see picture) The local candy store makes lobster shaped chocolates. There are key chains shaped like lobster, mouse pads, towels, dishes, clothing , stuffed lobster toys, jewelry, and of course, lobster beer! (Well, it’s not made out of lobster…) And don’t forget about the lobster trap Christmas tree. Various towns make their own, in Rockland there’s a whole event for it. http://www.rocklandmainstreet.com/Default.aspx?pageId=779820. Talking about lobster art – how about the picture by Bob Orsillo, the Night of the Lobster Man…
This lobster trap marker was literally glowing on the beach. I have no idea how it’s possible, but it’s not a trick photo!
The lobster lane gathering of lobster markers in various colors can inspire one to create clustery colorful things. It is like a big earring!
The stack of traps is very geometrical, makes one think of modern wire designs. You can combine blocks of different color, sort of like legos. It could inspire one to make a design with lots and lots of cubes or rectangle shapes.
I haven’t yet attempted to make lobster jewelry, but I’m sure that time will come! I have collected many trap parts and have plans to make some decorative items with them. The options are really endless!