Ahoy there! This painting celebrates the poetry of the shipping forecast, a great British institution. As well as prints, available here, I also have greetings cards, coasters, and tea towels of this award-winning painting!
High quality poster/print of an original painting on 200gsm archival quality paper, printed with UV stable inks and signed by the artist. Comes to you wrapped and rolled in a sturdy postal pack. Price includes P&P to UK addresses.
Choose either A1 size 594 x 841mm or A2 420 x 594mm
“Dogger, Fisher, Humber, German Bight… ” The general synopsis is that this shipping forecast tea towel features my award-winning painting Attention All Shipping, a celebration of the UK Met Office’s poetic, daily shipping forecast. Now you can dry your dishes with style, and learn where all those magically named sea areas are at the same time! It makes a wonderful gift for weather-watchers and dryer-uppers everywhere! It may only be a tea towel but it’ll go down a storm!
Shipping Forecast tea towel product details
Size 500mm x 750 mm | Made in the UK from 100% cotton | Machine washable at 30 °C
More about the Shipping Forecast
The shipping forecast is a much-loved strand of DNA to we Brits. It may only be a short marine weather forecast, but it contains magic! It’s a daily prayer by we islanders to the beware the forces of nature!
Mark Damazer of BBC Radio 4 explains its popularity:
“It scans poetically. It’s got a rhythm of its own. It’s eccentric, it’s unique … and slightly mysterious because nobody really knows where these places are. It takes you into a faraway place that you can’t really comprehend unless you’re one of these people bobbing up and down in the Channel.”
If you want to find out more about all the places named in the shipping forecast, author Charlie Connelly has written a book about them! Like my painting it’s entitled ‘Attention All Shipping’. Charlie sums it up:
“Sitting at home listening to the shipping forecast can be a cosily reassuring experience. There’s no danger of a westerly gale eight, veering southwesterly increasing nine later (visibility poor) gusting through your average suburban living room, blowing the Sunday papers all over the place and startling the cat. Yet familiar though the sea areas are by name, few people give much thought to where they are or what they contain.”
Available today are: robin, kingfisher (Mrs), song thrush, lapwing, goldfinch, hawfinch, golden oriole, great tit, toucan, and passenger pigeon. Choose a species from drop-down menu below.
These are original hand-made, one-off sculptures - constructed with paper, card, and polystyrene gathered from the recycling 'waste'. I also use wire, glue and acrylic paint and varnish. Sizes and prices vary.
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