Take a walk around Hull and you’re likely to see some colourful moths on buildings and landmarks wherever you go, including our Amber show home.
That’s because throughout July, August and September, the city is coming together to celebrate the life of Amy Johnson, a Second World War pilot who gained worldwide recognition for her record-setting adventures.
Amy the aviator
Amy Johnson was born in Hull in 1903 and is best known for becoming the first female to fly solo from the UK to Australia in 1930. A year later, along with her co-pilot Jack Humphreys, she flew the first plane to travel from London to Moscow in 24 hours, setting a record time for flying from Britain to Japan.
Her life came to tragic end at the age of 37 when a war plane she was transporting flew into bad weather and crashed into the sea. The festival marks 75 years since her death and celebrates everything she achieved during her short life.
Throughout Johnson’s high-flying career, her biggest supporter was her father who offered to help buy her first plane, a de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth. This was the inspiration behind the A Moth for Amy project. The project saw local artists invited to design a moth, before each one was auctioned off to appear on buildings throughout the city.
Red Letter Days
The moth chosen for our Amber show home is Red Letter Days, which was chosen for its simple design. It features red handwriting against a contrasting blue sky. The text was taken from love letters written by Johnson to her lover Hans Arregger, and was recreated by Ghanian born, Hull-based artist Isaac Acheampong.
To see our Red Letter Days moth, visit the show home at our Amber development in Hull. Find out more information about A Moth for Amy and the Amy Johnson Festival here.