Linda Beech

Driftwood Sculpture Artist

Her sculptures are created mostly from driftwood found along Welsh coastlines. Her aim is to capture the idyllic and romantic image of traditional coastal and Welsh scenes which you could almost step into.

Hilary Coole


"The inspiration for my work takes its roots from the wonderful family photographs of my mum, Dorothy Marjorie Coole, wearing colourful, highly patterned dresses during the 1950s, and also her memories of that influential era for fashion and design. I was born in the late 1950s and recollect our first family home and lots of the colours and patterns from that early part of my life. Chatting to my mum and asking her to write down her thoughts and feelings from the time that these images depict gave me a real sense of my place in the world. Therefore this series of work has become the Dorothy Marjorie Dress Collection. Shown are patterns and related photos of my mum from top; “Daisy, Daisy” (Mum and I on the beach in hand made floral attire), “Autumn Leaves at Bovey Tracey” (Mum sitting on a stone wall on holiday at a farm in Bovey, Devon), “The Bees Knees” (which is what she thought she looked on the beach in this summer frock made from a magazine pattern), “Polka Dot Dance” (Mums 21st Birthday party in a smart two piece).My intention is to evoke the fun, emotion and utopian aims of the 1950s by producing colourful, sculptural and contemporary interpretations of an influential era of my life."