I recently had the pleasure of discovering Santa Barbara, California-dwelling Rebecca Long’s shop The Rubbish Revival, where she sells a slew of decorative sea glass creations. I am smitten by Rebecca’s ombre sea glass mobiles, that are a perfect representation of the ocean’s gradients.
I emailed Rebecca to find out a little bit more about her, the inspiration behind her shop, and what she enjoys about nature. Read on for an inspiring and heartfelt interview with Rebecca.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up running around barefoot in the woods in rural southwest Virginia. I studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design, even though half way through my junior year, I knew I wasn’t cut out to sit, starring at a computer screen all day. The design training works it’s way into my life almost everyday, but I have never worked exclusively as a graphic designer.
Share a little bit about your shop.
I opened my Etsy shop in August 2011. It started off slowly, but has turned into a flurry of activity with customers from Australia, to Europe, even the next town over.
Who are some artists that inspire you?
Everyone. Everything. I know that’s a vague answer, but I can’t even begin to explain how I get inspired for most of the things that I make. The sea glass mobiles are definitely inspired by a woman in Maine, named Jane Moran Porter. She makes beautiful mobiles and to my knowledge, is the first to do it.
Of the things you’ve created so far, what’s one yoou’re been most proud of?
The first sea glass mobile. It’s kind of ugly, but I’ll keep it forever. It was the beginning of a new life for me. It was the first step to starting my business. I went from being an unfulfilled stay at home mom, to a successful business owner AND fulfilled stay at home mom. This first step is always the hardest, right?
What’s one of your most-prized nature possessions?
It is a piece of green sea glass. It’s the first one that my daughter ever spotted and picked up on her own. She was just a little over one year old. She had been me from birth, strapped to my chest, as I combed the beach looking for glass. She was walking well by then and just bent down, picked it up with her chubby little fingers and squealed. I was so proud.
What are some things you enjoy about nature?
Living near the ocean is such an immense privilege. I go to the beach almost everyday because my soul needs it. The ocean has an amazing restorative quality. It takes trash that humans have carelessly dumped into it and makes something as wonderful as sea glass. I love that. The sound of the waves washing up on the shore day after day, reminds me that life goes on no matter what. It keeps me centered and washes all the noise of life back out to sea.