The practice of collecting sponges from the sea was practiced as an Olympic sport by the ancient Greeks! Divers were judged for speed and for the size of their sponge. The practice of sea sponge diving is actually thought to be the oldest known form of underwater diving itself. Measures approximately 4 in x 4 in x 4 in. Each is unique.
Sea sponges are sustainably harvested – when sponges are collected, parts of the sponge left on the ocean floor grow back. Through crop rotation, sponges are harvested over and over again as they regrow to their original size within a few years.
Fredericks & Mae is the art/design team of Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen. The two met through a shared love for materials - Fredericks & Mae started in the piles of feathers, thread, gold and paper that decorated their first studio in 2007. Their collaborative practice has since evolved into a series of objects for the home, garden and sky.