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.

Nils Aksnes (Lynne Sock)

 

More to come soon!!

Stay tuned!

Chloe out.

 

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.

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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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Chloe out.

Where Our Minds Are Now

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Last week my Hairy Legs were featured in Tin Roof’s exhibition Where Our Minds Are Now

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In recognition of International Women’s Day 2016, Tin Roof are delighted to present WHERE OUR MINDS OUR NOW; an exhibition created in response to the theme of Women and Gender Parity.

Exhibiting over 30 artists from a range of different backgrounds, working in a variety of mediums, we have brought together an impressive miscellany of visual approaches to be as inclusive as possible. Consequently, this show is sure to be an exciting and eclectic mix, exploring contemporary interpretations of women in art.

Join us on Friday 4th March at 7pm for the opening night, at which there will be a short talk from local artist and DJCAD lecturer Pernille Spence, on the importance of the presence and representation of women in contemporary art. (She also has work in ‘The Mother Load’ exhibition at The Hannah Maclure Center!)

The usual refreshments will be provided, along with a bake sale to raise funds for Dundee Women’s Aid, so fill those pockets with loose change!

The exhibition will run from the 5th-9th March from 12-5pm

Exhibiting Artists: Ruth Archibald-Swaans, Sue Beveridge, Craig Black, Alana Brown, Andrea Campomanes, Kirsty Dalton, Violet Fraser, Robyn Glendinning, Rosemary Head, Joanna Helfer, Chloe Henderson, Ana Hine, Naya Magaliou, Emma McDowall, Pauline McGee, Siobahn Morison, Eilidh Morris, Drew Mortimore, Shannon Murray, Ciara Neufeldt, Alison Philp, Lucie Rachel, Rosie Roberts, Robyn Scanlan, Sarah Smart, Aylson Stewart, Sylvia Tarvet, Stephanie Vandem, Saara Varady, * VINNIE *, Eilidh Wilson, Nicola Wiltshire

The exhibition seemed to go really well, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites (photos courtesy of Tin Roof)…..

 

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Sara Varady

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And last but not least….. my own :)

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Chloe out.

Botanic Lights

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh – Botanic Lights 2015 – Seasons in Colour

The award-winning Botanic Lights is back with a month of magical nights at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. As night falls, follow a magical trail of light through the Garden.  New for 2015, the trail will lead you through the colours of the seasons and will use state-of-the-art technology, projections and lasers to highlight the Garden’s magnificent trees and landscape.

And it was really rather beautiful. Thanks for letting me drag you along Morven :)

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Chloe out.

Edinburgh Art Fair 2015

The 11th annual EAF will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November 2015. With 60 galleries showcasing the work of hundreds of established and emerging, national and international artists from all four corners of the globe, there will be literally thousands of artworks for sale including; paintings, sculpture, original prints, photography, ceramics and glass.

We popped along to the Edinurgh Art Fair last Sunday, and it was rather delightful. I love wandering around a room filled with so much talent, it’s more than a little inspiring… so, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites from the show…

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Rachel Ann Stevenson

Margaretann Bennett

Mary Trodden

Frances Doherty

Juli Jolly… I might be a little bit in love with her work.

James Bonstow

 

Lucianne Lassalle

Georgie Woolridge a zentangle goddess. Love.

Chloe out.

The Silversmith’s Art

The other day we popped along to visit The Silversmith’s Art exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland… it was stunning!

This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver. The Silversmith’s Art features 150 masterpieces made by 66 acclaimed silversmiths between 2000 and 2015.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re in the area, jeweller/silversmith or not it is a worthwhile nosey.

The design and craftsmanship is exceptional… and just seeing so much silver in one place is highly gratifying.

This next one was by far my favourite. The work that must have gone into this piece is immense. I am truly captivated, and in awe.

Incredible right?!

I always leave glorious exhibitions feeling ecstatically inspired… and woefully dejected. Will my work ever be that amazing?

One can only wish… and work really hard!

Chloe out.

Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2015

We popped along to the Glasgow Degree Show a few weeks ago.

I loved the jewellery show, but felt the fine arts were lacking in the strength that the previous years had shown…. maybe I’d just been spoilt with the Dundee and Edinburgh shows! There were of course exceptions, here are a few of my favourites from the show…..

Ruth Leslie

Kathleen Reilly

Karen Westland

Sophie Warringham

Ieva Mikutaite

Rachel Blair

Rebecca Gibson

Jude Hagan

Chloe out.