The River Thames is a core inspiration for my work, fed by regular visits to the foreshore. I collect the things I find there and use them in my work. Different parts of the river yield different objects; the collection below was from a section of foreshore underneath the Millennium Bridge. The site is particularly rich in bones, which rattle as the waves from passing boats come in.
Below are a collection of china shards from the same site under the millennium bridge. The top row green shard is likely to medieval, whilst the blue pieces are Victorian, the red shard is a piece of modern plastic.
Sometimes, modern rubbish is as interesting visually as really old items. The colours are vibrant, being turned over in the tides takes away their mundanity and makes you seen them anew, as forms. The image below was taken at Vauxhall.