'Ski Jacket' was painted from a newspaper photograph of learner skiers on a Japanese mountain. The painted scene is mirrored imperfectly on both panels, producing a disorientating and dreamlike landscape. The sense of unreality is increased by Peter Doig’s choice of colours: frosted pinks and golds. Doig often paints snow scenes because ‘snow somehow has the effect of drawing you inwards and is frequently used to suggest retrospection and nostalgia and make-believe’. But the sugary colour has an intensity which is disquieting. See it in Room 11 at @tatemodern#SkiJacket#PeterDoig#Tate#TateModern#Winterpaintings
We are currently sampling a very special jacket made of a British military fabric called Ventile. It is a unique performance fabric that is made of 100% water-proof cotton. Ventile is not coated or laminated, yet the combination of the dense weave and the swelling properties of the fibres when wet provide excellent weatherproofing. Ventile became the material of choice for some of the world’s greatest climbers and explorers, from Sir Edmund Hillary to Ranulph Fiennes. And usage wasn’t limited to their jackets either, it was used in the construction of tents for Arctic expeditions, too.