Sea Change at Durlston Country Park

RUST can be strangely beautiful with its accretions of colour and texture. The use of rust in art – printing and dyeing – will be featured in at exhibition and workshop at The Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park, Swanage, from 6th to 19th March.

Sea Change is a showcase of Dorset Carrie Mason, particularly featuring rust-dyeing, rust printing and salt sculptures shaped by dripping water, exploring the transformational effects of the sea.

The exhibition will highlight the interest of the Arts University Bournemouth graduate in the challenges we face in a world of constant digital distractions and the impact this has on our relationship with time. Her work invites the audience to slow down and connect with the present and how natural processes transform the world around us.

Carrie’s processes create works of striking beauty and mystery and the exhibition will include drawings, prints and sculptural works with a selection of items for sale.

She says: “My love of sea swimming has led to a fascination with the power of sea water to not only transform my own mental health, but also to transform materials”.

Carrie completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art (1st Class) degree at AUB in 2016 and her MA Fine Art (Distinction) in 2017. She is a member of the AUB Drawing Research Group and the Dorset Visual Arts Salon Collective. She combines repetitive mark-making with an experimental approach to using materials in a predominantly drawing-based practice that includes work on paper, sculptural objects, video and live action drawing performance. ​Her process often begins with making drawing materials, including charcoal from locally collected wood, inks and drawing tools.

Carrie will host a rust printing workshop’ on Saturday 9th March inviting people to learn the art of printing with rust on paper and fabrics. For more information on Carrie’s workshop, visit