Saturday, 6 September 2014

Inspired by Chatham Dockyard

For my teaser I posted an image of one of the covered building slips at the Chatham Dockyards built in the nineteenth century. The covered slips really have a cathedral like feel because of the vast roof space. See http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/Dry_Docks__Building_Slips/Building_Slips/building_slips.html for more images
But as I said in my last post it was the contents that inspired this piece. I'm not 'into' naval history but all that metal, the welded joints and the patterns of rivets on the exhibits kept me entranced whilst my other half explored.
As well as being inspired by the colour of the exhibits I also had in mind the working conditions, the heat and the noise in particular, of the boat builders that worked on the iron clad ships:


7 comments:

  1. Great piece, Linda B. Strong lines and I love the smoke and dirt in the bottom right. The kind of piece I wish I was capable of producing. I am curious as to where the red Y comes from.

    Hilary

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  2. I love all the subtle textured greys in the background. A really striking piece which looks simple yet has a lot of interest in it.

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  3. Wonderful piece, Linda, and well worth the wait. May I guess that the Y-shape is a rusty boat cradle?

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  4. Worth the wait! I too like the wide variety of greys, and the striking rust coloured lines.

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  5. You chose a good red to go with your greys. I too, like the mixture of greys that you have used. Do you have a photo that shows the Y which was your inspiration?

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  6. The 'Y' wasn't from a specific source, but several of the exhibits had welded joints that reminded me of the puckering you get when inserting narrow fabric strips.
    What amazed me was that the welding wasn't just used for simple straight joints but also for what I can only think of as curved 'repairs'!

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  7. Interesting source of inspiration. I like the dramatic contrast of colour.

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