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ICONIC BERMUDA AWARD
THE ISLAND SHOP
Iconic: widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence —Merriam Webster
Only the exceptional rise to the definition of iconic, as above, and only Barbara Finsness’s signature collection for The Island Shop was acknowledged as such with an Iconic Bermuda Award this year.
With its exceptional quality hand-painted ceramics, glassware and
linens, significant local patronage and numerous Best of Bermuda Awards
over the years to support it, the gift store on Queen Street is uniquely
deserving of the recognition say our judges. They described her signature
collection as “innovative” and “very uniquely Bermudian” and praised her
“distinct style” and “high quality materials.”
The collection features the artist’s own floral, architectural and nautical
designs in her original painterly style. These include everything from little
buttery-roofed houses to delicate sea horses, turtles, parrotfish, tree frogs,
lobsters, longtails, gombeys, Bermuda flora… and the list goes on. And with
everything from ceramic drawer knobs to tea sets, linen tea towels to pillow
covers, wine glasses and wooden trays available in-store, the list of unique
giftware is nearly endless. Of course, the artist also has a Christmas collec-
tion and was an official 35th America’s Cup licensee with her custom Auld
Mug-design melamine trays, napkins, coasters, note cards and prints, too.
3 Queen Street, Hamilton | 292-5292 | www.islandexports.com
Branch Stores: Somers Wharf, St. George’s and Fairmont Southampton Resort
SOMETHING SPECIAL BY MICHELE
As a cancer survivor, Michele Cassin found she needed a creative outlet for her recovery and began creating house- hold décor out of recycled pallet wood in the last few years.
Recently she began creating nautically themed magnets and selling
them at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo.
“Once the magnets started selling at the Bermuda Aquarium, I
realised that I couldn’t cut them fast enough so I enlisted the help
of Rick at CNC Automated Carpentry,” said Cassin. “I give Rick my
templates and he cuts them out for me. Unfortunately, he doesn’t
sand them! A lot of time is spent sanding each piece. I hand paint
each magnet and everyone is different. The first time I delivered my
magnets I felt like I was giving up my children!” The artist also creates hand-cut larger specialty items like her 19-inch seahorse and
whale tail wall hangings.
With a desire to give back to the community, the artist used a
portion of her earnings this summer to purchase gift cards for school
uniforms through The English Sports Shop to help families working
with the Coalition for the Protection of Children.
BZS Shop, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, Flatt’s | email@example.com
Iconic Bermuda Award