FOOTY STAR – UNIQUE ARTIST

Nicola Thomas is loving life on Australia’s south-west coast where sport and art are two of her greatest passions.

BEAUTIFUL SEAWEED-Nicola loves turning washed up seaweed into beautiful art

A member of the Royals Footy club women’s team in Albany which plays in a six team competition, Nicola originally played in the city she grew up in, Perth. That’s where she started playing footy in 2017, the inaugural season of the women’s competition there.

The 23 year-old went down to Albany, a beautiful and historic port town of over 30,000 people situated just over 400kms south of Perth, to do a marine biology degree and reckons it took her just three days to decide Albany was where she wanted to live. She initially worked in aquaculture growing algae to feed oysters.

“It’s so incredible, it’s beautiful , a bio diversity hit spot. So diverse and so many rare marine species here. The coastline, it’s beautiful. You have beaches facing every way and each beach is so different.”

“It’s not just smelly stuff on a beach. It’s so beautiful, so many variations of it, brown, pink, yellow.”

OCEAN TREASURE-Not only are the beaches of Albany stunningly beautiful so is what grows and lives in the ocean. Another beautiful example of Nicola’s seaweed art

Nicola completed her degree and wanted to travel. She ended up travelling right around Australia and is now back in Albany working at a wild life park Footy (Aussie Rules) is her main spirting passion but she’s always been fascinated by marine life and using seaweed for art is something she really loves doing, creating beautiful displays out of seaweed lying on a beach.

“It’s not just smelly stuff on a beach. It’s so beautiful, so many variations of it, brown, pink, yellow.”

Preparation is the key to producing the finished art product and Nicola makes sure she doesn’t alter the look or shape of the piece of seaweed she uses and drying it is a fairly exact process.

AUSSIE RULES-Royals footy club stars Nicola Thomas (left) and Elizabeth Pattinson are all smiles after helping their team to victory in the great Southern league grand final

Footy (Aussie Rules) is her main sporting passion but she’s always been fascinated by marine life

While she doesn’t make a full-time living out of it, she does sell her works and did so while travelling around Australia.

Nicola is already looking forward to the next footy season and said one of the things she loves about the game is not only her team-mates company but the regional tournaments held over several days between teams from the Great Southern Region.

Winner's are Grinners !!

she’s always been fascinated by marine life and using seaweed for art is something she really loves doing, creating beautiful displays out of seaweed lying on a beach.

Clever, unique and beautiful.

Listen to my interview I had on Saturday with this very talented young lady and please share it with your friends.

If you want any to purchase any of Nicola’s beautiful art work you can contact her on email at nicthomas26@gmail.com or instagram on @southwestseaweeds and Facebook is South West Seaweeds

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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