Newport-based designer Madison Germini creates functional pieces and works of art from the wood that washes up on the shore. Madison uses locally found driftwood to create nautical-style coat hooks and jewelry displays. She also combines the driftwood with sea glass to create mobiles and uses it as a canvas for painting and mixed media.
As a young girl growing up on the neighboring shoreline of Connecticut, Madison would pick up driftwood and uniquely shaped rocks, imagining that they were shaped like dragons or shark fins. Naturally the hobby stuck with her after she moved to the Ocean State. She now gets additional inspiration from visits to flea markets, antique shops and tag sales, finding objects such as vintage doorknobs and eclectic hooks that she can incorporate into her work. Madison’s designs are available on Etsy