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The "Iona" Story

P&O Cruise Ship "Iona"

I was recently commissioned to create three large felted artworks to grace the

Reception area of P&O's new flagship "Iona"

These works were 6 meters, 4.2 meters and 1.8 meters in length and each 62 cm wide.

It was a wonderful and sometimes stressful experience,

but I was very pleased with the end results.

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"Iona" was built in Germany and was launched from

Birmingham UK in 2021.


She is the largest ship in the P&O fleet and is currently sailing

in the northern hemisphere.

The artworks are made with hand-dye silk and merino wool and include a "Shibori" technique, which features in many of my artworks.

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Ship Specifications

  • Year built: 2020

  • Passengers Capacity: 5200 - 6600

  • Crew: 1800

  • Builder-Shipyard: Meyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)

  • Class name: Excellence-Helios

  • Building cost: USD 950 million

  • Operator: P&O Cruises

  • Maximum Speed:23 kn (43 kph)

  • Length: (LOA) 337 m / 1106 ft

  • Beam: (width) 42 m / 138 ft

  • Gross Tonnage: 184700 gt

  • Decks: 20

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