Friday, 25 May 2012

The Spirit of the Ship

Another new image produced is 'The spirit of the Ship'. I am obsessed at the moment with the colour combination of lilac and chartreuse - it is so good!
Anyway - the figurehead of a ship is traditionally considered to be the spirit or 'soul' of the ship it is featured on and so should be treated with the utmost respect. She was used to provide the ship with eyes to guide it through storms. There is also a superstition that a storm can be lulled by a woman uncovering her body out at sea, so often figureheads were women draped with cloths or even just naked. Ironically it is actually considered bad luck to have a woman onboard a ship.
This will be available as a screenprint to purchase very shortly.

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