A Little bit about the Mini H&W Print
A little line drawing version of the dominant Belfast cranes. A great Engagement gift idea.
The mini H&W Cranes A5 print displays the iconic Samson and Goliath cranes of Belfast, perfect for the those who live local, or loved ones oversea missing home.
Red, yellow and blue pop to catch the eye and hold the interest as we gaze upon this part of Belfast we know and love.
Printed by Media Design Belfast on 180gsm matte coated paper.
All prints are packaged carefully and shipped via Royal Mail recorded delivery to ensure they are received promptly and damage free.
A little bit about the location
Between 1900 and 1930, Harland and Wolff was Belfast’s biggest employer by a long way. Thousands of people worked in the ship yards and demand for ocean liners was huge.
Although ships are still built in Harland and Wolff today, the number of ships and people actually employed is much less than in the hay day of the early 20th century.
The Harland and Wolff shipyard was founded in 1862. It was founded by Edward James Harland and Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. At its height, Harland and Wolff and the ship yard in Belfast became one of the biggest ship builders in the world. Harland and Wolff own the world’s largest dry dock, which is in Belfast.
Harland Wolff constructed over 70 ships for the White Star Line. The Titanic was the best known of these.
A prominent feature of the Belfast skyline is the Harland and Wolff cranes, Samson and Goliath. When people think of Harland and Wolff and Belfast, the image of the cranes is usually the first thing that comes to mind, after the Titanic. The crane Samson was built in 1974 and the crane Goliath in 1969.
About the artist
Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree.
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