Fashion and Textile Design

Julija Astasonoka

This project is about the Scottish North-East fishing industry. It is focused on historical wooden fishing boats and particularly the names that they bear. During both World Wars these boats were used not only for fishing but also to assist the Royal Navy in its fight against the enemy. This new role within the industry meant that the ordinary humble fisherman became a symbol of courage and heroism.

During Julija Astasonoka’s first 3 years of being a foreigner in Scotland, she worked in various Fraserburgh fish factories which helped her to explore the fishing industry in detail.

Using hand stitched embroidery and crocheting in the project, strong links are made with amateur craft and a ‘sense of home’, which was important to Astasonoka as well as the actual fishermen and their families.

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