40 metres of hand printed fabric
1 three-colour print
1 four-colour print
7 silk screens
3 members of staff
75 kilos of binder
6.5 kilos of pigment colour
392 print hours
1 major new artwork
London Printworks Trust is delighted to announce their involvement in Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle currently sited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Staff and interns at LPT worked with Shonibare and his team in September and October 2009 to hand print 40 metres of fabrics for the 37 sails needed for the scale model of Nelson’s ship.
This is not the first time London Printworks Trust worked with Shonibare: in 1996, we commissioned and produced the Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour, one of his earlier large scale commissions that helped propel Shonibare to national and international recognition. Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour was selected by the British Council for the South African Biennale and has toured continuously on an international basis since it was made.
Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle will be sited in Trafalgar Square for two years, so do get along and see it if you can.
image credits: L- copyright of Stephen Friedman Gallery, R- copyright of LPT