Culture Collection Tapestry. 162 x 107 cm [64 x 42 inches]
Hand woven, hand dyed, hand embroidered and hand sewn.
Time for creating each piece: 14 weeks
1940: Esther Williams hoped to compete as a swimmer at the Olympic Games, but the Olympics were cancelled that year due to World War II. Disappointed, Williams took a job at a department store before becoming the lead role in a swimming and diving show. After the show ended, she landed a contract with MGM studios. Esther Williams, nicknamed “America’s Mermaid,” helped popularize synchronized swimming through a string of hugely popular films in the 1940s and ’50s. Clark Gable was the first to have called her a mermaid. It is in her honour that I named this tapestry.
Esther William’s tribute is a natural companion to all beautiful seaside and lake homes.