Art & Sea is owned and run by Leonie Mead. Originally from Snowdonia, North Wales, I am now based in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. After completing school exams I went on to study Art & Design for a year at Coleg Menai, specialising in Fine Art. From there I took a year off to take some time to explore further afield – New Zealand. Returning to the UK in 2009, I based myself in Oban where I spent my spare time on the water gaining valuable time training as a sea kayaking instructor. I went on to spend a number of years teaching and guiding out of Oban. While doing so, the original idea behind Art & Sea evolved.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The idea behind Art & Sea first started back in 2011, when I wanted to add a personal touch to my own sea kayak. I purchased my first composite sea kayak to allow me to work as a freelance kayaking instructor. I wanted to make my boat unique and stand out from the rest. Internet search results were unsuccessful and it was time to be inventive. We turned to vinyl as the most flexible and durable option, I set about sourcing a vinyl supplier and colours were chosen. The graphics themselves were all cut out and applied by hand – a process that took all of three days.
With my new boat completed, I began working on the West Coast of Scotland. It didn’t take me long to realise that there was a huge gap in the market for custom vinyl graphics and so, soon after, Art & Sea began.
When starting Art & Sea I was lucky enough to get some funding from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust through their BT Young Scottish entrepreneurs scheme. With this, I was able to purchase some of the key equipment needed. Without their help we really wouldn’t be here today.
From my office in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland, I offer everything from vinyl boat names and vinyl lettering to custom vinyl graphics, vehicle livery and logo design. With the help of my awesome vinyl cutter I am able to offer a whole range of vinyl graphics and decals for kayaks, sailing boats and loads more. Boat names and SSR numbers can be designed and bought online with the amazing Boat Name Designer, custom graphics and logo designs are always more than possible as is vehicle livery.
No matter how big or bold your ideas, I’m here to make them work. Thats what makes Art & Sea unique; all graphics are drawn by myself – everything is completely unique and we will work with you until you are happy with the results. My background in Art & Design allows me the skills and unique touch to help meet your needs. So, if you are after something totally different, then get in touch; I can draw any shape or design and can come up with plenty of new ideas too.
(Above) Our little cat Ariel likes to help me out in the office!
When out of the office, I can usually be found on the sea; either kayaking, sailing onboard our sailing boat ‘Seal’ with my husband or volunteering as a crew member on board Oban RNLI Lifeboat. I am also studying towards a BA Honours Degree in Marketing.
Thanks for reading,
Leonie, Art & Sea x
© ART & SEA 2018