Vágur & World War II

Day 10 of my travels with The Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands.

Today we packed up our stuff in Tòrshavn and headed out on our journey to Vágur, where we would (eventually!) be meeting our boat.

Vágur is on the southernmost island of Suðuroy, which we travelled down to by ferry from Tòrshavn. The ride over was beautifully calm, and as we were on it for a couple of hours, I managed to get a good bit of journalling and design doodling done.

 

Unfortunately, when we arrived in Vágur, The Johanna wasn’t quite ready for us… so, it was another night in a hostel. It did give us some time to explore the town though…

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We came across this wonderful little museum which had a weird and wonderful collection of items and photographs from Vágur during World War II.

The Faroe Islands, Faroese ships and Faroese crew were of vast importance to Great Britain during World War II (1940-1945). Most of the British ships were in the early years of the war rebuilt to warships and for the same reason there were few British fishing vessels in operation. The demand for fish in Britain was large, and here the Faroese ships and crews came to play an important role.

Each week Faroese ships transported 100s of tonnes of fish to the British market. The fish was transported from Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Britain, mostly to harbourd in the north of Britain. All in all Faroese ships made 2.354 trip to Britain with 152.000 tonnes of fish to a value of 198 million Danish kroners.

The voyages through the battle zones in the North Atlantic did though have their high prize. During the years of World War II 205 Faroese men were casualties of war acts on the sea and 39 ships were lost. Of these 9 ships were from Vágur, of which 4 were lost with all hands. 27 men lost their lives with these ships, 14 from Vágur.

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Sadly there wasn’t much information about these, but I loved these photographs of a Scottish regiment that stayed here during World War II.

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These model boats were all made by the curator of the museum, Poul Niclassen, who spent years crafting these vessels that from Vágur that were used in the war, in his little home workshop.

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After the museum we wandered through the town a little more.

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Yup! that is a dried up fish head lying in the port!

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Dad! this sea mine photo is for you!!

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Planning our route with the Johanna! in our cosy little hostel.

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This sock was knitted by Lynne Reed on her travels around the Faroes!! photo by Nils Aksnes.

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More to come soon!!

Stay tuned!

Chloe out.

 

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I’m on Patreon!!!

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I’m really excited to tell you that I’m now on Patreon!!
I’m in my second month, I have 20 wonderful patrons, and I’m over halfway towards achieving my first goal!!
I’d really love it, if you like my artwork, and want to keep up with all the happenings in my artsy life and development, if you could support me over on there… even if it’s just $1 a month, every little helps, and your support means so much to me.
Visit my Patreon here, and for a little more info. keep scrolling…
Hi there!
My name is Chloe Henderson… nice to virtually meet you.I’m using Patreon to fund my creative business. I’m from, and currently live, in Edinburgh, Scotland where I create highly patterned artwork, and jewellery based on stories, mythology, and the nerdier things in life.

I’m happiest when I’m in front of my drawing board doodling furiously away, or sat at my bench sawing and hammering pieces of metal. If I could do this all the time I would, but it doesn’t quite pay the bills yet… but hopefully with your support I can get there!

What will you be funding?

Workshop and Studio Practice
I draw every day, and I try to get into the jewellery workshop at least once a week. Your pledges will cover the day to day creative expenses, such as: art supplies, workshop bills, jewellery materials, ordering prints and postal supplies, etc.

Ondine
This will be my first commercial jewellery collection. It will be based on a faerytale I’m writing that brings together traditional undine mythology with our modern world, with added jewelled twists. I’m also aiming to make a film of this tale, and make a tail out of this tale… but you’ll have to get in on the Patreon-only posts to find out more…

   

My stall at Edinburgh Comic Con 2017
Next year, I would love to have enough artwork to get prints and merchandise made up to sell at Edinburgh’s Comic Con. I went to the event this year, and it was fantastic! The whole time I was there looking at all the glorious nerdy things, I couldn’t help but envy the indie artists selling their wares, and I knew I wanted to be them next year! The convention is usually in April, which gives me a whole year to achieve this goal of creating more nerdy artwork, and to save the money needed to book the table, and buy the stock to sell.

Thank you for reading, and thank you even more if you decide to support me :D
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Happy 18th Birthday Nicole Leadbetter

For my cousin’s 18th Birthday I made her an ocean inspired necklace and earrings set.

She loves all things under the sea, in particular whales and dolphins…. so what to make her? A whale tail necklace with splash drop earrings of course!
And as, she too, is a February birthday, it just had to be an amethyst stone… these ones a beautiful pastel Lavender Amethyst.

A few in process shots…

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…. and the finished piece…

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Happy Birthday Nicole :)
I hope you like them!

Chloe out.

Colouring-In: Titanium Edition

A few Saturdays ago we popped along to the fabulous Process Studios for their 90-minute drop-in Titanium Colouring workshop… and it was awesome fun!!

It was just like painting… with with electricity!! all the fun!

I should have taken some photos of the process… but I was messing about too much to remember! so, enjoy some images of the finished samples and my lovely “Starry Night” cuff.

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Thanks Elaine, Grant, and Sara for letting me drag ya’ll along :)

And thank you Karen Donovan for putting up with us in your wonderful class :)

Chloe out.

A Cat and A Star – My First Mosaic Classes

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Last week I popped along to another Meetup group. This time for a mosaic making class, run by the wonderful Eileen Robinson.
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It was a great wee class… perfect for beginners!
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We made two small coasters… but mine are not so flat! so I’ll save the wine glasses by keeping them purely decorative!
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So proud of my fabulous cat!!
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What do you think of my cut up creations?!
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Thanks Eileen! If you do any classes in the future, count me in!
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Chloe out.

Happy Eggy Easter

If you just read my previous post you’ll see how I had a rather nerdy Easter egg decorating day!! If you didn’t read it, you should, it’s awesome!!

Thanks for making the weather lovely Jesus! we had a rather wonderful day chilling in the sun painting eggs (well, I painted them! Mum doodled on hers, Dad was too distracted by the sun to do more than one, and Jamie… well, Jamie is special!!), then a trip up Blackford Hill and some egg-smashing ensued!

Here are more photos of our fantastic eggs! and some of the egg-rolling banter!!

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Doctor Who: Egg Guardian!

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Pre-smashed eggs!

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Dad’s I-got-bored-doodle!

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The Dalegg is here to EGGXTERMINATE you!!!

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TARDISegg.

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Galleggxy!

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Bailey enjoying his dinner!

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Hahahaha! we’re just too awesome!!!

Happy Easter!

Enjoy all your chocolatey noms!

Chloe out.

Tom Hiddleston: God of Mischief

The trickster.

The glorious Tom Hiddleston is a must feature for my Zendoodling. I have sided with the rest of the world and rather fallen in love with him, and this Zendoodle pays homage to him in my favourite role: Loki from Marvel’s Thor…. everyone loves a sexy British villain.

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What do you think?

Fancy yourself a magical Zendoodle commission? Check out my Zendoodle gallery for more and send me a message about ideas for your very own artwork :)

Chloe out.