Lust for Lustre – Limited Edition Broome Divers Helmet Hemp Hahnemuhle Fine Art Print

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“Lust for Lustre: an inky depiction of Broome’s pearling heyday”. The print is of an original ink pen illustration.

I have always been enamoured about nautical history, and that of Broome’s old pearling days in particular. In the early 2000’s my (now) husband was a pearl diver in Broome and hearing his stories piqued my interest even more.

Broome and the Kimberley Region itself are so breathtakingly beautiful, and it’s this backdrop of it’s natural beauty and the intrigue and lust over Broome’s pearl, Pinctada maxima, that make it a fascinating historical melting pot.  From it’s dramatic tidal range, to sand-fly infested mangroves, to devastating tropical cyclones, to the most vivid natural colour palette. Then there’s the shameful indigenous black birding and enslavement, cheap south-east Asian labour, Chinese opium dens, alcohol-fuelled duels at the Roey (Roebuck Hotel) and deadly hard hat diving. Many a good yarn over the Lust for the lustre of Broome’s pearl.

This artwork was informed by a number of trips to Broome’s Historical Museum, strolls through Broome itself and publications. Blog post to come!


The limited edition prints are available in two sizes:
– A2 (410 x 594 mm): edition of 100 prints
– A1 (594 x 841 mm): edition of 25 prints (sold out)

Each print is hand-signed and numbered, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Prints are printed by Fox Lab Fine Art on beautifully textured and sustainable hemp fibre Hahnemuhle fine art paper. The hemp paper has a smooth off-white appearance, and due to the nature of this natural material, there are some imperfections within the paper itself, which only adds to it’s charm.

Sofie Seyah water mark for online display only – not on prints. Colours on the print may differ slightly from what you see on your screen.

Print comes unframed, in protective packaging.

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