Ink or Swim
What's the story?
How will you be inspired? Have a look at the following examples to send you off on your creative voyage…. The Museum Resource Sheet will help you on your way! Free to download - see link below.
Your ideas might be based upon stories of survival or collective strength:
- The fisherman who used their trawlers as minesweepers in the North sea during WW1 and WW2
- The Doctor, Charles Edward Smith who documented the hard times on the Whaling Ship, The Diana that was ‘nipped in the ice’
- The oppression of the Navy’s Impressment in the early 1800s, stationed in every major port
- Whaler’s creating their own folk art whilst away in the Arctic for several months or years.
Your ideas might be based on a Victorian style exhibition or the ethics of a freak show:
- The Inuit’s voyage to Hull and display of hunting skills in Princes Quay
- The dark displays of krill, whale oil, sounds, and skeletons in the Whaling Gallery
- The idea of making a Monkey Mermaid to thrill and impress land-folk with stories of travel to far away places.
- Recycling the bones and teeth of whales into tokens of love, etched with drawings
- Photographs and paintings telling stories
- The various flensing tools required by the whaler
Your ideas might be based on the craft of producing the paintings and objects:
- Scrimshaw techniques
- The Romantic style of the Maritime paintings
- The handwritten logbooks and diaries
- The plaster cast of Captain John Parker of the Ship ‘Truelove’ and its commemorative objects
- The clothes of the Inuits who travelled to Hull on board the ‘Truelove’