Unique Storybox competition

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Win a unique storybox created by mixed media artist Claire Read

Reworking vintage and antique objects and textiles into beautiful storyboxes, artist Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs captures a wonderful sense of nostalgia in her work – and one Reclaim reader can win her latest creation ‘Thing of Beauty’, a butterfly storybox sculpture worth £175.

‘Thing of Beauty’ features two stunning antique hand-painted butterflies circa 1880s – originally from a set of flamboyant decorative mats – which have been set inside a 1920s fishing bait tin. The main body also has two handmade wirework-and-paint grass blades. This storybox is double-sided, and there is a compartment at the back, where a special or precious item can be safely stored. It stands on tiny metal feet, which are actually collar studs from the 1920s.

‘I wanted the butterflies to be like a little box of joy when the storybox was opened up,’ says Claire. ‘There is just something wonderful about butterflies, and many people associate them with change and hope.’

Mixed media artist Claire creates her unique sculptures and storyboxes from her Devonshire home, where she lives on a smallholding. She finds inspiration in her environment and in old discarded objects. ‘I love to give life again to unloved or unused objects from the past,’ she says. ‘I love the thought that, as an object reaches the end of its practical life, someone like me sees value in it and so it begins life again, in a different form.’

To see Claire’s sculptures or to enquire about a commission, go to littleburrowdesigns.co.uk.

Closing date for entries is midnight on 16 July 2020.

T&Cs: The prize is for one reader to win ‘Thing of Beauty’, a butterfly storybox sculpture by Claire Read of Little Burrow Designs, worth £175. No cash alternative is available. The prize is non-refundable and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries are only valid if they reach us by the closing date and multiple entries will be disregarded. The competition is open to UK entrants only. The publisher’s decision is final.


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