re:collection

collecting - photo by Peter Wiles

collecting – photo by Peter Wiles

Lyme Regis Beach below the Old Town Dump

Lyme Regis Beach below the Old Town Dump

items found in August 2012

items found in August 2012

paper mache iron from base found in beach

paper mache iron from base found in beach

jampot based on found fragment, similar to one in the Museum

jampot based on found fragment, similar to one in the Museum

paper mache mug partly decorated

paper mache mug partly decorated

toiletry bags based on a plastic scrap found on the beach

toiletry bags based on a plastic scrap found on the beach

found plate fragment

found plate fragment

plate based on found fragment

plate based on found fragment

plate based on found fragment

plate based on found fragment

plate 4 final 700

plate based on found fragment

teacup, saucer and plate

teacup, saucer and plate

teacup, saucer and plate

teacup, saucer and plate

paper mache teapot to go with found lid

paper mache teapot to go with found lid

installation Town Mill 2013 700

installation at Town Mill during ArtsFest 2013

I took part in the Lyme Regis ArtsFest “re:collection” project during 2012 and 2013.   It was exhibited during ArtsFest  September 2013.    The project was a collaboration between Lyme Regis ArtsFest and  Lyme Regis Museum, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  The Museum invited Artists to be inspired by objects in their collection.  My interest was drawn to a glass cabinet containing items that had washed down to the beach from the Old Town Dump, which was in use from the 1920’s until it was closed in 1974 when Lyme Regis ceased to be a Borough.  I decided to make monthly visits to the beach over a year and collect what I could carry away that had come down from the Dump and then decide what to do with it .  I started collecting in March 2012 and when finished made a phtograpphic record of what had been found each month.   I also took some initial steps in working with my finds, such as mending old broken objects with paper and researching where they came from.  It was interesting to re-work some of the designs, and eventually I decided to make paper mache maquettes of the objects which the fragments came from, as I thought they would have been.  This led me to put together an installation representing part of a 1940s kitchen for the ArtsFest exhibition.   Since then I have used the patterns I discovered to support a new series of Digital Mixed Media designs (the re:collection series) to be shown during 2014, starting with an exhibition at A Touch of Vintage (Lyme Regis) in early 2014.

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2 Responses to “re:collection”

  1. Roy hancock Says:

    Purchased a lovely coffee mug while on holiday in Lyme Regis. Are they dishwasher proof. No clue on mug!

  2. Although they are not guaranteed as dishwasher proof I have been assured by a friend who uses a dishwasher regularly that they have been washed many times in the machine and have suffered no ill effects.

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