"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with
your one wild and precious life?"
Being brought up in rural England, I've always had an affinity with landscape,
the coast and the sea for as long as I can remember...
When I first visited Dingle as a child in 1998, I fell in love with its mountainous beauty, craggy coastline and ocean views around every corner. I was brought on a boat to see a solitary wild dolphin called Fungie who lived at the mouth of the harbour, and my fate was determined...
At the age of 19, in 2004, I moved to Dingle, lured by its rugged landscape and friendly wild dolphin.
I lived beside the beach for ten years, and spent much of my time walking and photographing the area, beachcombing, or spending time with Fungie...
It was during these years of living by the beach that I discovered sea glass! The ocean washed up
these pieces of treasure regularly, and I was drawn to their tactile smoothness and calming colours. I have always loved art and creativity throughout my life, so I began making things with my sea glass finds. This in time evolved into opening my own working studio/shop space, Sea Glass Studio, in Dingle town...
A couple of years ago I began renovating an old cottage just outside Dingle, and called it
Mermaid Cottage. Doing much of the work myself is slow progress, but I love transforming old spaces into enjoyable, arty places! I spend any spare time I have on beaches with my two dogs,
or on boats to see Fungie whenever the chance arises.
Each week during the winter months I still venture into Dingle's cool Atlantic waters to see if he wants
to play. Sometimes he's busy fishing or not in the mood, which is totally fine because it's on his terms and that's the way it should be! However, when he does come over and swim around me in circles only a few feet away while I splash around in his world, it amazes me that a wild creature chooses
to approach me and interact like he does...
~ Abi Dillon