This is my first challenge entry, so I'm a bit nervous
English is not my native language and I apologise for any mistake I may make.
Let's start with a picture of what I did because everyone wants pictures, right?
I've had the idea for my project in mind for some time and when this challenge came about I knew I had to participate. I never even had to think hard about the place I live or how I could work its features into a project. It all came together naturally and I think it fits this challenge's theme perfectly.
I have lived in Hamburg, Germany
for 6 years now. Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city and located at a river close to the North Sea. Hamburg Harbour is the second-largest port in Europe. The city's official name is "Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg" (referring to the ancient European trading association, the Hanse). So of course seafaring (i had to look that word up
) and trade have always been important around here.
Hamburg is a beautiful city, I immediately fell in love with it when I first moved here. It's got a city center with two lakes which looks a bit like Venice,
it's got a beach where one can spend the day watching the container ships moving up and down the river Elbe. It's a great place to live and it has this maritime flair which I love.
Of course my challenge project had to incorporate this spirit.
I have this German Navy coat which basically was okay as it was. Still, it could do with a little something to make it more "me" and more unique as well.
(This is what it looks like from the front, in case you are interested
I've had the idea of designing a traditional sailor's tattoo with seagulls instead of swallows (because seagulls are everywhere around here) for a while but
did not approach it until this challenge. To start with I had a hard time with the seagulls. They were supposed to resemble typical tattoo-swallows while still being recognizable as seagulls (and not doves). In the end I drew a whole tattoo design around them. The tattoo includes quite a few other elements each of which stands for something. And it's quite suitable for a navy jacket, isn't it?
I embroidered and appliqued it on the back of the jacket. I'm still thinking about adding more to the sleeves. It's like having a real tattoo, I think. Once you started there is no stopping.
The anchor of course means home, coming home, staying. The small stars and the cross at the top are taken from Hamburg's coat of arms. The nautical stars in red and green are coloured according to the position lights on a ship. Red is portside (left) and green is starboard (right). And the heart is for love, needless to say. I added the waves to give it more background. I thought about adding clouds as well but decided against it.
Here are some pictures of the work in progress:
So, I hope you like my contribution. Even if nothing more comes from this challenge I am glad to have this piece done (which would have taken a lot longer if it wasn't for the deadline). It makes me happy.