The Art of Living

Behind the Design: the Nantucket Girl's Song

Behind the Design: the Nantucket Girl's Song

This evocative rather tongue-in-cheek poem was found in the journal of Eliza Brock who was the wife of Master Peter Brock on a whaling trip onboard the Lexington from 1853 to 1856 off the coast of New Zealand.  While at anchor, she visited with other mariner's wives and added this to her journal which contains 85 poems and anecdotes. She credited it to Martha Ford, a physician's wife, but it is unknown if Martha was the true author. Claire pays homage to the poem by including imagery from the poem's artwork as well as her own signature icons - the siren,...

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Behind the Design - the Sea Turtles

Behind the Design - the Sea Turtles

In April of 2010, the Gulf of Mexico suffered what was considered to be the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry with the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil exploratory platform.  This event inspired Claire to look at the deep impact of environmental disasters on our fragile ecosystem.  One of the creatures that was severely impacted was the Sea Turtle.   It's hard to say how many sea turtles were affected, but the numbers were devastating, and Claire wanted to be a part of the clean up in some small way.  The first year this rug...

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Behind the Design - The Nantucket Sleighride

Behind the Design - The Nantucket Sleighride

Lest one thinks this is a Christmas or holiday rug, it is not necessarily so!  The phrase has its origins from the long-ago days of whaling.  After he was harpooned, often in great pain, the whale would drag the longboat along on a fearful ride.  The speed of the "sleighride" would depend on the size of the whale, often up to 25 mph.  The ride was over when either the whale died, or the longboat capsized and sank dumping its occupants into the the deep. Claire's artistic impression of this event is depicted in a small 2 x 3 hand-hooked...

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