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Douglas Blackburn

Douglas Blackburn

UWI Cave Hill graduate, Douglas Blackburn collected king helmet shells over the years and decided to see if he could create some of the beautiful things that he saw shell artists do… and succeeded.

Douglas volunteered at the Barbados Museum and saw antiques of sailor’s valentines which are boxes used to hold jewellery and other trinkets that rose to popularity in the 1800s. They were often decorated with shells and given as gifts to the loved ones of the seamen after long voyages.

He has been working on this since 2013 and is now considering transforming his hobby into a business venture.


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