Around five years ago, Ocean State of Mind RI founder Annie Riecke started noticing the abundant amount of wood washing up on the shorelines near her home, in some cases littering local beaches. She decided to start collecting the driftwood and incorporating it into her various home decor pieces. After crafting some driftwood signs for charity, she realized her creations were as enjoyable to make as they were eco-friendly.
Today Annie’s naturally nautical signs are a large portion of her work, as well as driftwood coasters, towel hooks and wooden gift tags which she crafts in her South Kingstown studio. Driven to find “new uses for the abundance already existing around us,” Annie’s creations are made with sustainability in mind first and foremost. Annie’s designs are available online, as well as at Serendipity in Wickford.