This is my great grandfather and grandmother. They were Pacifists,Socialists and early "Anarchists". Their two sons were conscientious objectors. One of them, my grandfather, suffered from such cruel treatment in prison that he died at the age of 32. To see the full picture, go to "Honouring the Ancestors" section.
I found this haunting image of soldiers from WW1. They reminded me of puppets: no free will once they were conscripted. I thought of the barren landscape of the trenches as opposed to that where the women waited. I sewed on buttons to make them more puppet-like. It set me thinking of the wives back home who stitched on buttons on uniforms and darned their men's jumpers.
I wanted to highlight the difference between the two worlds, which meet through such innocuous items as buttons & thread.
This picture is titled "Because he was a Peaceful Man". He is my grandfather.I come from a line of socialists,suffragettes and pacifists. My great uncles ,grandfather and great grandfather were conscientious objectors . This collection of work is my homage to them and what they stood for. Click on CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS below to find out more ...
HOME TIME from the series "HEADINGS"
"What I don't believe it!" .. Thus starts this character's tale of suffering the consequences of his misdoings. Each head is drawn from a Victorian advertising image . I have created a cloud of words that tell their thoughts, often surprising, usually comical. There are 10 individually hand-tinted prints for sale . Click onto INSPIRED BY VICTORIAN ADVERTISING to see more and email us your enquiries.
HONOURING THE ANCESTORS:
I make these pictures with the hope that my personal journey through my family history can be shared publicly. The starting point is the photograph of an ancestor, relative or old friend. The process transforms the image, highlighting some features, obscuring others, subtly re-touching details, adding layer on layer of clues such as fragments of vintage wall paper or advertising imagery. So these are people in their own time challenging us to look at our own world as well as theirs.