The tradition of exploration by water opened up whole new worlds for those adventurous enough to take to the challenge. When sailors became the first to discover new islands and resources, they felt it was imperative to document where they went & what they found...hence the beginning of the Seafaring Arts. It was through these depictions of discovery by interpretive sketching that codified the time-honored tradition. As with today, people yearn to explore & discover for themselves, so documenting the place, the environmental conditions, the flora & fauna continue to be depicted in traditional methods and new media.
Although bigger ships were consigned for crossing oceans, it was the small craft vessels that were capable of intimate poking about in bays, creeks, rivers and shallow areas closer to shore.
Shallow draft small craft became the work-horse vessel for both explorers, scientists & artists. They can be rigged in several different ways: row, paddle, sail or motor. It is the width of a craft that makes them more stable for artistic activity. Setting up a water craft studio comes with it's own set of issues. Balance, windage and wave action can create challenges not as troublesome on shore. So strapping, securing and tying off equipment is imperative.
Back on the 'mother ship', most long voyaging vessels set up a fo'c's'le studio where sailors would spend their off-duty time in creative industry. Life onboard the sea limited the types of materials and technology available. Although sailors had limited resources, they had vast amounts of time to work their crafts to perfection. Captains saw this shipboard industry as an advantage because it occupied hands and minds in productive activity!
It is part of a sailor's heritage to while away the hours on problem solving and creative activity. studio enVoyage is dedicated to working in and preserving these various heritage art & craft forms~ _/)
A gallery of the small craft we sail, row, paddle, rescue & rehabilitate ~