Artist Belinda Endler and son Frankie Capps with her surfboard mirror.
Artist Belinda Endler and son Frankie Capps with her surfboard mirror. Blainey Woodham

Mirror mirror on my board

SHE sells sea shells by the sea shore - they just happen to be on mirrors.

On reflection, Belinda Endler wouldn't have done anything different in her life.

Especially her amazing mirrors.

The Cabarita Beach artist is a full-time mum with baby Frankie to care for.

But when you have been a busy nurse, there can be moments when your mind needs to be working on creative projects.

"When I was pregnant I got very tired," she said.

"But my mind, of course, was as active as ever.

"I started fiddling around with shells that I had collected on the beach. I decorated a mirror.

"It turned out pretty well, so it began an art form that I really love and get a lot of pleasure from."

Ms Endler has made a myriad of the reflective wonders and her current project is a symbol of many themes rolled in to one.

It's a surf board mirror. The way the mirror is mounted on the board gives it extra depth.

"I like to make the shell layers very thick," she said.

"It's a much better effect."

Ms Endler likes to personalise her work.

"Sometimes someone has a special ornament, item of jewellery or memento that I can incorporate into the design.

"It makes it very much their mirror and is there for posterity."

At the recent Cabarita Carnivale, she let visitors place an item on to the board to make it a real community effort.

She is organising a fundraiser where the board will be auctioned or raffled off with proceeds going to the Cabarita Beach Surf Club and Caba Creative, the brains behind the carnivale.

The surfboard is certainly an eye-catcher.

"Sometimes someone has a special ornament, item of jewellery or memento that I can incorporate into the design.

"It makes it very much their mirror and is there for posterity."

What's the most creative thing you've done while pregnant? Leave your comments below.



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