Saturday, August 5, 2017

Made in Europe II - Claire Passmore

Claire Passmore
United Kingdom
The Pride of Belfast (1912)

Quite possibly the most famous ship in the world. Built with Edwardian vanity and pride to be the world's largest, most extravagant ship.

Over 3 million wrought iron rivets stitched her steel plates together, each one confidently hammered home by hand. But from the very first rivet her fate was almost certainly sealed. Wrought iron rivets allowed the plates too much movement when she struck the ice. They proved to be her Achilles' heel.
        '…And as the smart ship grew,
         In stature, grace and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too….'
Thomas Hardy (The Convergence of the Twain, 1915)

Over-dyeing, discharging, rust printing, block printing and stenciling. Simple piecing, machine trapunto and hand stitching.

Fibre reactive dye, bleach, peroxide, acrylic paint, embroidery floss, cotton crochet yarn, wool and cotton batting. 

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