The Seamstress and the Sea
This compelling installation was inspired by the life experiences of Rozannes grandmother, Alice Hunter, an outworker for one of the naval tailors in
It recounts a sailors life through her piecework on hundreds of collars, and subtly draws on realities of naval life at that time, such as the suture patterns a surgeon would have used to close wounds. The results chart the passage of time and the arc of a sailors life, from the making of his collar to his shroud, and final resting place deep in the ocean. Assembled before the onlooker they form a quiet altar, a contemporary relic, a contemplative shrine to the perils of life at sea, and a celebration of the invisible seamstresses and the sailors who were buried anonymously at sea in the garments they made.