Best seller Olive Augusta is one of my designs from my Vintage Surf set of illustrations.
A giclee fine art print on high quality etching paper 310gsm, each print is signed and dated.
The print is unframed and packaged in cellophane with a backing board.
Size : A4 size paper, which is 210 × 297 millimeters or 8.27 × 11.69 inches
This print would make the ideal gift for someone who loves the water, whether it is swimming in the sea, or ponds, or lidos, or surfing with traditional wooden boards. Belly boarders love this print, and I’m often told that they had a hat like this flowery swim hat, or that they still have their wooden boards in the garage that they learnt to surf with.
My illustrations are inspired by my family’s bellyboarding heritage in Cornwall, UK. My grandparents both grew up in Perranporth in Cornwall, and my grandmother’s family started surfing and making wooden boards after the First World War. I remember my great Uncle Arthur taking his wooden belly board down to the beach at Perranporth when he was well into his 70s!
The World Bellyboard Championships are organised by the National Trust and take place in Cornwall each year in September. No wetsuits are allowed and prizes are won for the best outfits, which involve a lot of flowery hats, fifties swimsuits and all in one knitted stripey costumes for the men which sag upon contact with water.
My grandmother was called Olive Augusta, and although I don’t have a photo of her in a flowery swim hat, I like to think that she would have protected her perfectly coiffed hair in something very beautiful and rubbery against the salty seawater!
All images Copyright Alison Bick 2014.