Little did I know when I first started my project From the Loft Floor in September 2010 that it would lead to such a large body of work, with 50 drawings completed in 20 months. Now those drawings have become the inspiration for a four month long exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall about building wooden pilot cutters.
Starting in September 2013 the exhibition From the Loft Floor will be displayed in the Quarter Deck gallery. The drawings are a visual diary of the building of a traditional wooden pilot cutter by Luke Powell of Working Sail. I am incredibly excited that this exhibition will not only feature my drawings, but also details of a boatyard with tools, workbenches, boat plans and half models. Tom Cunliffe the well known yachtsman, author and television presenter will be giving a lecture on pilot cutters to accompany this exhibition on 25th September 2013. Tickets will be available from the National Maritime Museum.
I entered one of my Loft Floor drawings in Creative Quarterly’s CQ26 Illustration competition and I was one of the runners up in the Illustration- Professional category. You will be able to see all the work in an online gallery in spring 2012.
I will be exhibiting part of my ongoing series of drawings From the Loft Floor in Truro. If you are around please come and check it out. These drawings document the building of a wooden pilot cutter by Luke Powell of Working Sail
Work on Freja has stopped for 6 weeks during July and August as Working Sail have had a prolonged holiday. Luke Powell has had a chance to do some sailing and maintenance on his own pilot cutter, Agnes .
Meanwhile, despite my promises to myself that I would keep drawing, I have also had a break. I have been doing maintenance on our boat Blue Linnet. We still have loads to do and she badly needs a lift out and a paint job, but at least I have made a little progress. Now I am back drawing and feeling pretty rusty. This is a sketch of the piles of wood off-cuts, and the abandoned oil drum used for steaming planks.