Welcome to Tidal Compass, the ocean-going studio of William Thomson and Naomi Tipping.

We are currently on a 5-year circumnavigation, creating work inspired by the experience as we sail the world with our two young children Ottilie (6) and Area (4)



William is the navigator of our expedition and this experience creates the foundations of his work. He is founder of Tide School (coming soon), author of The Book of Tides and designer of the iconic Tidal Compass print and navigational products including the Star, Moon and Tide Calculators.




Tidal Compass is a truly sea-based studio, operating from our ocean-going catamaran Luna as we sail the world.


Our boat is a classic Prout, a pioneering British design that can be found in harbours all around the world. By living on the water we are totally immersed in the marine environment and this provides us with a constant stream of inspiration that flows into our work.



Naomi is our artist-in-residence whose work is inspired by her fascination in nature's creatures - the smaller the better. This is reflected by her speciality in miniature gouache painting (perfect for her tiny compact studio aboard Luna) which is inspired by the wildlife she encounters on our travels.



Tide School is William's educational programme boosting sea-safety and performance by enhancing your knowledge, planning skills and awareness of the sea.

Membership costs £48 a year and this includes new learning content sent to your inbox every week, alternating between modules, challenges, interviews with professional mariners and creative sessions

Tidal Compass Limited, Coast House, 32 The Beach, Deal, Kent, UK, CT14 7HN


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