Catherine Stringer

Hobart, Australia

25 followers 5 paintings sold

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Medium

marine macroalgae paper on silk, framed between 2 layers of glass to give a floating appearance. The work is framed in a natural timber frame, which complements the natural seaweed colours.

Description

This delicate paper dress has been made for one of the 28 Catherines who drowned when the convict ship 'Neva' was wrecked off Cape Wickham, King Island, in 1835. It is made from seaweeds gathered from the shipwreck site.
The 'Neva' was carrying 150 female Irish convicts and their 56 children. As my name is also Catherine I feel a particular affinity with these poor victims. I have made lifesize garments for the 5 Catherines who were children, and smaller dresses for all 28 Catherines.

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#shipwrecks, #papermaking, #convicts, #dress, #garment, #woman, #history, #king island, #seafaring, #Memorial, #natural fibres, #brown, #Tasmania, #natural colours, #Neva, #Ireland, #seaweeds, #marine macroalgae, #funeral, #19th century

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