Tarhairedjack

        ‘I am in the habit of going to sea’ Herman Melville

        ‘I am in the habit of going to sea’ Herman Melville

      Tarhairedjack is my nickname. I love it because it reminds me of freedom on big seas, unruly hair (which i have) and the places and spaces I play where my imagination runs away.

When I was at university I sailed on a tall ship called the Leeuwin every chance I could, bunny hopping up and down the Western Australian coastline in 2 week legs for over two years in holiday breaks. I had a very understanding boss at the time.

And I got the name from another sailor. I had the task of ‘tarring the lines’ and ‘caulking’ for the tall ship the Endeavour Replica whilst she was being built in Fremantle, Western Australia and this involved lots of rope and pots of black tar. No matter how hard i tried my hair was always dipping into the pots and i was messy. I still am and I still love black lines and paint brushes.

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