The work I produce is about the stories of a place or community and its connection to making. I am more interested in finding out about the history of the ordinary person, and their lives and stories, than famous stories and well known history. In this project the work is intended to make people aware of the stories behind local places, history and landmarks.
The Forts Brooch: the Bull Sand and Haile Sand Fort were created at the end part of World War I, they were created to defend the Humber and its industries from attacks from German troops. I had heard stories growing up in Grimsby that the forts were used in the war to stop submarines coming up the Humber and just accepted the story. I imagined a fishing net, but didn’t realise the difference between a fishing net and a boom net until I researched this project.
I imagine that if this brooch was worn, and people asked about the brooch, it would be the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about the history of Grimsby and about these amazing forts. This I think, is what one of the main advantages of jewellery has as an object. It allows the object to move around and to come into contact with lots of people from different backgrounds, and helps start conversations.
Fruit Grenades: these were a way to illustrate the story of Ticklers Jam. Ticklers Jam won the contract to supply jam to the frontline in World War I. After eating the jam the soldiers used the empty containers to make grenades. It was the contrast between something so harmless being used for a destructive purpose to that I found an interesting concept to try and explain through an object.
This piece is in some way humorous due to the putting together of parts of two objects that shouldn’t exist together, but I think shows how horrendous the frontline was, if they had to resort to making their own grenades from empty jam containers.