We founded Mediterranean Art intending to collect beach and unused materials to give them new life. Inspired by the colourful and bright island lifestyle, we are shared between Sicily and Malta, in the heart of the Mediterranean. Most home accents are made from reclaimed wood or driftwood. Our best handwork is the coastal style home decor, designed to look old and weathered. We use non-toxic paint. Our one of kind crafts enhances your living spaces bringing sea breeze and scent of our beaches and green fields.
The synergy between wood and textiles comes from our family. My mum and my grandma have been tailors for all their life, so I have always been surrounded by fabrics and creativity.
We love making women jewellery and accessories from scraps and upcycled textiles. I design comfy scarf necklaces for ladies who want to be bold, enjoying colours and softness. Our jewellery pieces show personality and joy, changing a basic outfit in their fashion style.
Each item is handmade by me or my uncle with all care and attention deserved. We always come up with new ideas, so you will surely find something new in our shop.
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This wooden skeleton fish is a marine style mobile decoration, carved and hand-painted. The head and tail are made of reclaimed fir, while the driftwood bones have been found at the beach. Furthermore, wooden beads or seeds are inserted between the bones. Resistant to heat and sun, it can be placed inside and outside the house and last over time.
Each piece differs from the other based on the availability of the available recycled materials. We collect twigs of wood sparingly. Looting the beach is not part of my philosophy, but reducing waste and plastic in our homes. Other recycled materials present in this decoration are leather discs, cut and pierced one by one.
In addition to the fishbone, the characterizing element of this mobile and practical ornament is the tail, which comes in three shapes. The colours we choose are pastel or bright acrylics such as orange or red, scratched to give a shabby effect. By adding some shells and the net you can recreate a coastal shabby environment. Visit my Pinterest board to browse some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/mediterraneanart/mediterranean-art-home-decor/
Personalize and liven up your family environment. Each mobile fish is unique and will amaze your relatives and guests as well. This decorative wooden fish is an original gift idea for any occasion. In our shop on ETSY MediterraneanArtMT you only find unique items whose small imperfections, such as a few drops of paint, testify to the entire artisan process carried out at home and by a single person. All our treasures are securely wrapped in envelopes made by hand with the coated magazine paper and decorated with raffia ribbon.
Questa lisca di pesce in legno è una decorazione mobile in stile marino, intagliata e dipinta a mano. La testa e la coda sono ritagli di abete, mentre le lische in legno di deriva trovato sulla spiaggia. Sono invece delle perline di legno o semi ad essere inserite tra le lische. Resistente al calore e al sole, può essere posizionato all’interno e all’esterno di casa e durare nel tempo.
Ogni pezzo si differenzia dall’altro in base alla disponibilità dei materiali di riciclo che abbiamo a disposizione. Raccogliamo con parsimonia i rametti di legno. Depredare la spiaggia non fa parte della mia filosofia, bensì ridurre gli sprechi e la plastica nelle nostre case. Un altro materiale di recupero presente in questa decorazione sono i dischetti di cuoio, tagliati e bucati uno per uno.
Oltre alla lisca é la coda l’ elemento caratterizzante di questo ornamento mobile e pratico da appendere, che si presenta in tre forme. I colori che scegliamo sono acrilici pastello o accesi come l’arancio o il rosso, graffiati per dare un effetto invecchiato. Aggiungendo qualche conchiglia e della rete puoi ricreare un ambiente coastal shabby. Visita la mia bacheca su Pinterest per vedere qualche idea: https://www.pinterest.com/mediterraneanart/mediterranean-art-home-decor/
Personalizza e vivacizza il tuo ambiente familiare. Ogni pesce mobile è unico e stupirà anche i tuoi parenti e gli ospiti. Questo pesce decorativo in legno è un’originale idea regalo per ogni occasione. Nel nostro negozio su ETSY MediterraneanArtMT trovi solo articoli unici le cui piccole imperfezioni, come alcune gocce di vernice, testimoniano l’intero processo artigianale svolto in casa e da un’unica persona. Tutti i nostri tesori sono avvolti in modo sicuro in buste fatte a mano con la carta patinata delle riviste e decorate con nastro di rafia.
Unici e artigianali orecchini con monete autentiche in alluminio e pietre pendenti.
Le avevamo in casa dentro una scatola con foto di famiglia. Alcune le abbiamo tenute come cimelio, quindi ne abbiamo riutilizzato le rimanenti. Questi orecchini con chiusura a farfalla, sono leggeri e si adattano in modo elegante a molti capi di abbigliamento. Non abbiamo utilizzato alcun prodotto chimico per lucidare le monete, perché sono in buone condizioni e ci mostrano la loro vera età.
Sono disponibili per la spedizione solo 4 paia di orecchini, uno diverso dall’altro:
Gli orecchini con moneta da 10 LIRE sono lunghi circa 5 cm e hanno perle di vetro arancione o perle di agata bianca (foto n.1, 3).
Gli orecchini con moneta da 5 e 10 Lire sono lunghi circa 6 cm e hanno perline rotonde in pasta di osso o piccole gocce di lapis lazulo (foto n.2, 4).
Vengono confezionati in un sacchetto di raso fatto a mano, come in foto. Per i dettagli di spedizione visita il nostro negozio su Etsy e seguici sui social:
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Unique vintage Italian and semi precious stone beaded long stud earrings.
We had at home few original sturdy aluminum coins, so opted to recycling them. These stud earrings are lightweight and suit elegant and smart. We did not use any chemical product to polish the coins, because they look amazing as they are showing us their own story. Only 4 unique earrings are available for shipping, one different from each other:
10 LIRE coin earrings are 2.1″ long and have orange glass drop beads or white agate drop beads (1st and 3rd round pictures).
5 and 10 LIRE coin earrings are 2.5″ long and have round ivory howlite beads or small drop lapis lazuli beads (2nd and 4th pictures).
Make a sustainable gift to your dear one. I will wrap them in a handmade satin sachet and ribbon.
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At MediterraneanArt we made available for shipping few nativity sets made of walnut shells and sliced olive wood picked locally (Messina) from our and friends fields.
My uncle Salvatore collects and picks during sunny afternoons branches cut for pruning and selects which walnuts are the best for his project. That is why every listed item is unique, I enjoy making many pictures of it. It depends on the walnut shell shape and sliced wood. About the whole process, the first step is the cleaning and smoothing the inner part of a shell, then brushing and varnishing to harden it. The second step is choosing what the best slice matching with the shape of the walnut, later cut accordingly to be stuck together. Once dry, my uncle glues the Holy Family in a circular shape, keeping Baby Jesus at the centre. All statues are stainless silver metal. I usually ship it safely and nicely using a thick paper box made by myself to fit the specific nativity. Please find purchasing details on the item page.
Give it not for Christmas only, is a unique gift for an extra-special family or person. When an item is handmade, it has meaning and value. Gift it saying you know the name of the craftsman who made it. Salvatore works hard making beauties with organic and recycled material, dedicating on his projects his experience and love. Visiting Sicily, everyone may notice in each house a nativity scene, bigger or smaller. It is our tradition.
When an item is handmade, it has meaning and value
Italy is worldwide known for Christianism. Nativity art has been crafted in Naples and later in Palermo. The first crib has been carved by Andrea Mancino back to 1494 in a town called Termini Imerese, inside the church Maria Santissima dell’Annunziata. Following are some reference links:
My uncle and I come from a Sicilian village far from touristic routes, lived by local resident only. Back in 2013, we both did not have a stable job. I decided to open an online shop on Etsy. I can consider myself lucky to learn a lot from him. All started when he gave me some fabric yarns purchased in a craft fair. Since October 2012, I have not stopped knitting and sewing fabric jewellery. It really works on self-esteem and makes me proud of my abilities. I am passionate about craftsmanship. Now I live in Malta working as a librarian while I keep helping my uncle managing our shop. I strongly believe in a sustainable environment and in human being, supporting handmade and small business. My uncle’s crafts are principally made of local or traceable wood and driftwood, getting inspired by the Mediterranean and the Aeolian Islands, so close to our coastline.
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