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Architecture & its History
History - Art & Culture
Travel & Destinations
Unusual & Interesting - Check them Out!
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BIOGRAPHY
Karin is a Guest Speaker on the Western Mediterranean, the Baltic ports and the Caribbean with many years experience. She is a free-lance artist specialising in embroidery and ceramic sculpture and qualified interior designer. She taught Art, Fashion & Textiles up to A‘level for 30 years in state schools leaving teaching in 2013 to work freelance and guest speak. Karin has given many talks and presentations and taught workshops for the Adult Education, the WI, Embroiderers' Guild, Age Retirement Associations and at Denman College. She guest speaks for various organisations and on-board. She has exhibited her work at Leeds Castle and recently presented a poppy inspired textile to the Royal British Legion at their Base Camp in Kent.

GUEST SPEAKER
Karin's talks include the Western Mediterranean, the Baltic ports and the Caribbean on architecture, street furniture and sculptures including the decorative and the unusual {which are often of interest to new travellers or seasoned travellers who have 'seen & done' almost everything else!}

During her teaching career Karin organised and led art trips to European cities for as many as forty students and staff, and has since travelled to many destinations worldwide photographing a host of urban sculptures, historic and contemporary architecture, cultural textiles and street furniture for her presentations and talks

CRAFT WORKSHOPS
Karin’s on-board workshops are open to all abilities whether an absolute beginner, intermediate or advanced – all are welcome to join in these social gatherings of like-minded passengers. Karin gives demonstrations and step-by-step guidance providing a range of personally designed and created tasks. Workshops can include textile crafts such as felting, stitched tasks and embroidery, plus simple jewellery making.

Karin has to date, worked on 22 cruises for Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic, Viking Ocean, SAGA and Cunard.
PRESENTATIONS
Western MEDITERRANEAN Series.

1. AIX EN PROVENCE, the City of 1000 Fountains. The history, stories and designs of the many hot and cold fountains, functional or decorative, from the Roman settlements to recent times, plus the birthplace and home of the artist Paul Cezanne.

2. Avenues of Art in MONACO. This tiny principality is adorned with interesting royal statues and contemporary sculptures. Plus the Palace and the Belle Époque Casino

3. Beautiful BARCELONA . The capital of Catalonia boasts an amazing eclectic mixture of classical, modern, and extraordinary art and architecture including Antonio Gaudi, artist Joan Miro, architect Joseph Puig i Cadafalch and a fibreglass lobster!

4. Historic Architecture of NAPLES. The 13th Century Nuevo Castle, a 19th Century mosaic-ed floored Galleria, the former Royal Palace and the 14th Century original Santa Chiara Monastery are just some of the architectural interesting sites of Naples.

5. FRENCH RIVIERA and the Cote D'Azur. Looking at the architectural styles along the Northern Mediterranean shore including Nice, St Paul de Vance, St Tropez, Antibes, Monaco and Cannes. A variety of styles of the Mediterranean coast from Neo Classic, Art Nouveau to Belle Époque

6. The Carnival of VENICE : The history, origins and beautifully decorative costumes and masks of this centuries old annual event.

7. Urban Sculptures of TURKEY. MK Ataturk - the founder of Modern Turkey who inspired the nation and many statues and sculptures that now adorn the parks, gardens and promenades of Turkish towns.

BALTIC & SCANDINAVIA Series

8.The City of STOCKHOLM on a stunning archipelago with palaces, Gamla Stan, The Opera House and (possibly) the smallest bench in the world?

9. HELSINKI aka the White City of the North with a range of Architectural styles, The Neo-Classical Senate Square, The Art Nouveau train station, the Byzantine Revival Uspenski Cathedral and the contemporary Sibelius Monument

10. COPENHAGEN - home to The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Tivioli Gardens, Hans Christian Anderson and the Rococo Amailenborg Royal Palace.

11. TALLINN -The Fairy-tale city of the Baltic. A walk around the medieval old town with a Russian Revival Orthodox Cathedral, a Gothic Town Hall, Art Nouveau facades, and a chimney sweep to take you a step back in time.

12. Gotland – VISBY, a small island with a lot on offer. In picturesque surroundings & centuries of history

13. The rise of GDANSK after it was razed to the ground. The rebirth of this beautiful Baltic town in late Gothic, Baroque and Dutch style architecture

CARIBBEAN Series

14. Around Aruba. One of the Dutch ABC islands with alot to offer : the Alto Vista Chapel, a natural coastal bridge, Kasibari Rocks, California Lighthouse, the Royal Plaza, flamingos, butterflies, donkeys, iguanas strolling the streets and blue horses with a history.

15. St Kitts: The Batiks of Basseterre, The Brimstone Fortress and Berkeley Circus. The smallest sovereign state in the western hemisphere with interesting places and culture. A look at the islands capital city of Basseterre and Romney Manors beautiful batiks inspired by local flora, landscapes and Bob Marley!

16. Architecture of Curacao and the ChiChi. The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, the Dutch style colourful architecture and the quirky, infectious Chichi dolls and statues. The wonderful Dutch Colonial architecture and the artistic energy of the Chichi, blending German craftsmanship with Caribbean colours – a multi-cultural cooperation

17. Miami : A city of Art Deco. Step back in time and see the stylistic architecture of South Beach which was 'reborn' in Art Deco buildings after the vicious hurricane of September 1926, and now a popular area for artists, tourists and the occasional film setting.

GENERAL TALKS of INTEREST which include and focus on itinerary destinations

18. The Weird, Wonderful & Amazing Architecture in today’s world from the tallest Burj Khalifa of Dubai, the multi-domed Orthodox Churches of Russia, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Birmingham’s Selfridge Store, Tenerife’s futuristic Auditorium and …. the Teapot House !

19. Around the World on 80 Benches. A journey around the globe viewing the historic, the decorative and the quirky seats that adorn our towns and parks today – designers are becoming more adventurous and producing some wonderfully stylish and fun furniture to sit on, others are commemorative, thought provoking and a place to rest and contemplate.

20. Take a seat with... famous and everyday people. John Lennon, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, George Washington, Picasso or maybe Mark Twain. An interesting yet quirky look at the increasingly popular ‘seats with statues’ and the stories behind them.

21. Sea Inspired Sculptures. Merchant sailors and heroes, fishermen and sailing ships, the octopus, the dolphin and other sea creatures are a source of inspiration to sculptors and artists around the Mediterranean/Baltic or Caribbean ports.

22. Mysterious and Mythological Mermaids. Copenhagen's Little Mermaid is not alone but has dozens of cousins along the rivers, seas and ports in the Mediterranean/Baltic/Caribbean. The mystery of this half human creature lives on in the many sculptures she has inspired.

Textiles

23. Exploring Textiles from the Bayeux, The Overlord (WW2), The Scottish Diaspora and beyond . (Historic & Contemporary Embroidery) . An interesting range of creative, descriptive, and narrative textiles.

24. The Art of Traditional INDIAN Embroidery : the origins and history. India is well known for beautiful fabrics, threads and unique techniques that adorn so many of its textiles

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

Karin’s on-board workshops are open to all abilities whether an absolute beginner, intermediate or advanced – all are welcome to join in these social gatherings of like-minded passengers. Karin gives demonstrations and step-by-step guidance providing a range of personally designed and created tasks. Workshops include textile crafts such as felting, stitched tasks and embroidery, plus simple jewellery making.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Star ST180421 Mediterranean Odyssey 12 Barcelona Saturday, April 21, 2018