Art & Sea is an innovative company based just outside Oban, Argyll, specialising in self adhesive vinyl boat lettering, boat graphics and custom vinyl graphics for yachts, kayaks, motorboats, narrowboats and fishing boats as well as vehicle branding and graphic design.
We pride ourselves in offering a custom design service, producing eye catching, unique designs for business or personal use. All graphics are cut in high quality marine grade vinyl making them perfect for a life at sea or on land.
You can get in touch by filling out the contact form below. Or, contact us direct by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 07818 861517. If you can’t get through please leave a message or send us a text and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Leonie Mead; creator and owner of Art & Sea.
Originally from North Wales, I studied Art & Design for a year at Coleg Menai, specialising in Fine Art. After taking some time to travel, I returned to the UK in 2009 and based myself in Oban where I began working as a sea kayaking instructor.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The idea behind Art & Sea first started back in 2011 when I purchased my first composite sea kayak, a SKUK Pilgrim Expedition. While working as an instructor around Scotland’s west coast, I wanted to make my boat unique and stand out from the rest. Internet search results were unsuccessful, so I decided it was time to get inventive. After lots of research, I settled on vinyl as the most flexible and durable option to bring my ideas to life. I sourced a supplier and ordered my very first rolls of vinyl. The first ever graphics I produced were all cut out and applied by hand – a process that took all of three days.
It didn’t take me long to realise that there was a huge gap in the market for custom vinyl graphics and so, Art & Sea began. I was lucky enough to get some start up funding from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. With this, I purchased some of the key equipment needed, such as my vinyl cutter and without their help Art & Sea really wouldn’t be here today.
From our office at Creran Marine, we offer everything from vinyl boat names and vinyl lettering to custom vinyl graphics, vehicle livery and graphic design.
No matter how big or bold your ideas, I’m here to make them work. That’s what makes Art & Sea unique; all graphics are drawn digitally by myself which means that everything is completely unique. I’ll work with you to create your vision and I absolutely love being able to bring your ideas to life.
When out of the office, I can usually be found on the sea; either sea kayaking (I hold the BCU’s Advanced Sea Kayak Leader and UKCC Level 2 Coach awards), exploring further afield onboard our own sailing boat Snowgoose or volunteering as a crew member for Oban’s RNLI Lifeboat.
Thanks for reading,
My current SKUK Pilgrim covered in Puffins. Designed, produced and applied by myself.
Our office at Creran Marine, Barcaldine, Oban.
We are keen to do everything we can to keep our carbon footprint and waste to a minimum. Although only on a small scale, every little helps, so here are some of the things we try to keep up with.
We do our best to re-use as much packaging as we can. Our vinyl deliveries arrive in cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. We reuse all of this to package your orders, any bubble wrap we don’t use is passed on to others. Vinyl itself is usually rolled on a cardboard tube, we reuse these for packaging as well. All envelopes we use are paper, and where possible we use vinyl off cuts instead of packaging tapes too.
We only print invoices when required. In all other cases we operate electronically. All our postage is processed online and only the necessary labels printed; we aren’t collecting receipts from that either. Our design work is all carried out digitally too. Anything we do print is either recycled or used to fuel our wood burner.
We regret that vinyl itself and its backing paper aren’t yet recyclable. We hope in time they will be, but in the meantime we collect as much of the offcuts that we can’t use as possible, box them up and give them away to anyone that can make use of them – school projects, home crafts etc. We’ve also discovered it makes a great alternative to parcel tape and we now use vinyl off cuts to package our parcels instead.
We always use the highest quality vinyls we are able to. This means that our graphics should last at least 5 years in an external environment; cutting down the amount of times you need to replace them.
© ART & SEA 2022