Seaweed Designs Made In Scotland

by Tang Designs in Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 12th April 2022 we successfully raised £5,410 with 47 supporters in 29 days

I transform seaweed using recycled copper, silver, graphite and paint to create unusual and inspiring artworks, jewellery and sculptures.

by Tang Designs in Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

My ambition is to make bigger seaweed sculptures for display outdoors in public locations along our spectacular coast. Any extra money would be used for more training, more equipment and more materials.


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Why Seaweed?

We all know the planet is running out of resources so it’s natural to feel worried about everything we buy - how was it sourced, how was it produced, has it travelled round the world to get here or is it wasting precious resources. My aim is to show that living with less need not mean living without. 

In Scotland there’s one resource that we are not running out of - seaweed! 

What I Do

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For my recent Masters in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee, I used washed up seaweed to make woven wall hangings, wearable sculptures, cyanotypes, ceramics and even paper! 

Seaweed is an amazing and fascinating material, neither plant nor animal, which protects our coastline, provides a home for marine life and is a massive carbon sink.  Its extraordinary qualities, shapes, textures and varieties are inspiring. 

I collect it from the shoreline, dry it, shape it and seal it before covering it in black graphite, paint, recycled copper or silver to make unique pieces and striking artworks. I love how copper has a life of its own, like seaweed, responding to atmosphere and continuing to change colour and tone.  My products are a cross between jewellery and sculpture. They can decorate your home or to add a wow factor to an outfit.  My business is called Tang which is an old Scots word for seaweed.

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Going Large

My ambition is make larger decorative pieces for interiors, domestic and commercial such as hotel spas. And next I am learning bronze casting so I can make outdoor sculptures which would put seaweed in the spotlight on clifftops and coastal paths. You can imagine how amazing they would look!

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Next Steps

Not many people are working with seaweed like this so my work is attracting lots of interest. Since graduating last September, it's been a rollercoaster. I have been to London for specialist training in electroforming. I came runner-up in the Venture Challenge, winning a prize to develop a brand for Tang and a website - coming soon! 

And now I am part of the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch. Tang was selected as one of 20 shortlisted creative projects in Scotland that could win a share of £80,000 in match funding, up to £10,000 per project.  

The money would be used for renting and setting up a studio/workshop in my village. I will have to equip it with a range of specialist tools from workbenches, metal rollers, hammers, needle files, magnifying lamp, sand casting moulds, third hand, PPE  not to mention materials for preparing and finishing the seaweed.

All I need is at least 30 people to chip in and Creative Scotland will match the funds. The first milestone of £1000 has been passed! Thank You! 

Now the race is on to reach the next milestone - another £500 will take the total to £3500 which would lead to a further £1500 from Creative Scotland. The sooner I get there the better as there are 20 of us competing for the cash. So please share the story with friends who care about the coast or just enjoy being beside the sea.

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What's in it For You?

Everyone who supports me can opt either to simply donate or to receive a special Reward - seaweed themed of course!  The Reward options include a set of printed cards of different seaweeds, seaweed sculptures of various sizes and types, limited edition prints or a personal commissioned sculpture of your choice. Each Reward has a date by when you will receive it. 

And you can sleep easy knowing each piece of Tang has been locally, responsibly and sustainably sourced with a low carbon footprint and is a step towards the emerging zero-waste, post COP26 circular economy.

Even better, not only do I pick up rubbish from the beaches that I visit, for every piece I sell, I will donate a percentage of the profit to the campaign group Save Scottish Seas.

Thank you.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

Set of three printed cards of seaweed species

Get to know your seaweed with these postcards printed on eco-friendly card.

£20 or more

Unique Seaweed Artwork finished in graphite

A one-off handmade piece in various finishes which can be displayed or worn in different ways. Up to 5cm and in a presentation gift box.

£30 or more

1 of 30 claimed

Limited Edition Seaweed Print

Limited edition, numbered and signed, handmade print of a UK seaweed species either lino-cut, mezzoprint or monoprint on high quality paper, 10cm x 10cm, unframed.

£40 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Limited Edition A4 Seaweed Print

Hand finished, numbered and signed linocut print of a UK seaweed species printed on high quality paper, mounted, unframed.

£50 or more

Bespoke for You

Sculptural piece for display or to wear as a fashion statement. Finished in copper or silver. Designed in discussion with you regarding type, size, style and finish. Ready in time for Christmas.

£75 or more

0 of 10 claimed

The Choice is Yours

A 50% discount voucher for any purchase (or purchases) from my new online shop which will be going live by the Autumn. Up to a maximum selling price of £150 in total.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Sculpture for your Home

One-off artwork for display in your home, on the wall or as a table centrepiece. Bound to be a talking point! Up to around 25cm. Various finishes including copper which can be discussed and decided in advance.

£250 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Private Commissioned Piece

One-off commissioned artwork designed in discussion with you to be a feature in your home for a particular interior space. Could be free-standing, hung on the wall or create an unusual frame for a mirror. Range of finishes including natural, varnish, black and copper. Size negotiable up to around 50cm. A great Christmas present!

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