the littoral zone
a drifter’s cache of writing and art
The littoral zone is where land meets water—where exotic travellers, animate and inanimate, wash ashore like postcards from far away. Or where those not paying attention to the waves may find themselves swept away to another world. People come to the littoral zone in search of treasures: to find the surprises of last night’s tide—to hold them up to the light and ponder the journey that took them to this place, this hand.
Artists and writers on the west coast take inspiration from the constant ebb and flow of the ocean—its beauty, its bounty and its deadly potential. 25 years ago, Joanna Streetly drifted to Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Here, she lives just inches above the water, in a small floating house moored in the Tofino harbour. She works as an author and illustrator and is inspired daily by her findings in the littoral zone.