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LV21 – A Stitch Story

LV21 – A Stitch Story

We’re delighted that LV21 features in Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art, the latest publication by the acclaimed textile artist, author and teacher Cas Holmes, whose textile work is often inspired by her life, the journeys she makes and people she meets.

In the early days of the restoration of the ship Cas approached us with an exciting proposal to produce a new site-specific artwork, a kind of visual archive piece, reflecting the transformation of LV21 from a historic ship into a unique arts venue. Through conversations, research and regular visits aboard, she set about to record the different stages of the restoration process collecting stories, drawing sketches and picking up discarded materials, such as paint rags and old pieces of rope off the deck.

The artwork titled LV21, finished in 2013 and now on permanent display aboard the ship, perfectly encapsulates a particular time and place in the history of the vessel. We feel very fortunate to have some of the most precious moments of the restoration and our personal memories captured by Cas both as a unique piece of art and as one of the many interesting Stitch Stories in her book.


To meet artist Cas Holmes and hear more about our story, please join us at the official book launch aboard LV21 this autumn (date TBC). You’ll be able to see the LV21 artwork on display and purchase signed copies of the book while enjoying some complimentary refreshments and nibbles.

This inspiring book is also available on Kindle and to order in good book shops, Amazon and Book Depository.

For more information about artist Cas Holmes, her work and publications please visit

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