Flags

"Ship" and "House" are canvas flags designed and printed for an exhibition at Flint. The exhibition text is at the bottom of the page.

Size: 2m x 1.4m

Process: Digital

   

Medieval Norwich was a prodigious trading city, part of the North Sea community and linked to the Baltic, Scandinavia and the Low Countries. Goods would leave the city via ports on the Norfolk coast at Yarmouth, Clay, and Lynn, and stone for the Norman Cathedral was transported from Caen, France on ships and then barges along the river Yare. Early Graffiti scratched into the walls of the cloisters at Norwich and onto the pillars of Norfolk coastal churches depict large vessels from the period. The motive for these carvings is not known, but they could be recordings of what would have been spectacular examples of technology, or prayers for the lives of sailors. The Ship is a celebration of Norfolk’s maritime heritage.

In the 16th century Norwich welcomed the arrival of refugees from the Netherlands many of whom were from the families of master weavers. Norwich’s dwindling economy was boosted and the city became renowned for the production of fine patterned fabric. The excellent shipping connections to Europe and the quality of goods and textiles meant that Norwich had many wealthy merchants. The House is a fanciful patterned rendering of an ostentatious 17th century merchants hall.