Friday, January 30, 2009

A visit to the sailors' mission

Today I spent a few hours in the house of the Christian Sailors' Mission. I did that because I applied for another job: Making a website for this institution. They have one, but they want to modernize it. The directress of the house was a very friendly lady, very active and to-the-point kind of person. We had a great conversation from the first moment on. She has done a tremendous lot to create a lovely place for these hard working people (she called the circumstances on some freight ships "slavery")

The first picture shows the view from one of the rooms in the sailors' accomodation. The second is some art out of found objects, decorating the dining room.
I am rather positive that I will get the job, but I have to wait for a decision from the executive committee of the association.
Funny, now they are coming all at a time!


Then I will do some sewing for a friend of mine. She is a textile conservator and will restore a 17th century woven wallhanging. She will rearrange it, so it doesn't have to bear its own weight any more. This means I will have to sew meters and meters of velcro. Not very creative, but she will pay me. We had tea in her place, the pictures show a corner in her flat and a part of the living room.
Oh, yes. And a photographer's job (1 day) is waiting for me, too, the customer is a friend of mine. Will I be able to blog? Sure. Can't go to bed without reading your postings and hopefully comments, ladies!

A story from the sailors' home

Inspired by the 3rd comment, I'll tell you a little event that happened in the home's chapel.
Two Philippinean sailors were sitting there, and the directress wanted to talk to them, but waited until they would be finished with their prayer. After almost half an hour she approached them. It was spring, the windows were open. She cautiously took up contact to find out if they might have a problem. They replied: "Sssh -- listen -- the birds are singing!" They enjoyed it so much to hear what they never heard for months and years.

Right, they don't care much about the harbour in front of them. But tourists do, and they also can book rooms in this home in times when there are vacancies.

7 comments:

Diane said...

How interesting! I always wanted to take courses in textile restoration. In my old line of work I did restore many an older textile but I always felt if I had training in that particular area I would have done better. Glad to hear you have work coming your way. That's always nice in these troubled times.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Eva, you are a very busy woman and talented in many areas. It is always interesting to see what you are up to.

Your friends Mermaid Skelton is just too funny!

Guzzisue said...

so many cranes in the docks at hamburg, I find them fascinating but I suspect that view is all too common for a sailor.

ArtSparker said...

There's a book called "The Death Ship" by the writer B. Traven, about people on a freighter sent out with the idea that it would be sunk for the insurance money. I love that found object piece...ready for anything, look like to me.

Exuberant Color said...

It sounds like you have many talents to get such a variey of jobs. Variety is the spice of life like they say.

Eva said...

I have never been able to make a living out of one of them, so I was forced to do whatever I could. Neither of them will make me rich.

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

Good luck with the job(s) Eva! Hope you get everything you want.

x Chris