Acts of Care: TheLost Letters of Liverpool, I explored the social histories that are intertwined with the heritage of craft and small-scale industrial techniques in Liverpool. Looking at both the resourceful and wide-ranging Liverpudlian shipbuilding community and the modern Polish community in Liverpool; whose craft heritage is extremely diverse with an exceptional level of skill and care necessary.
Each Act of Care is made through my research and practicing of the skills of historical and contemporary local workers. I research the production history of the location, learn local craft skills and make a set of tools and processes to enact the repair intervention. Each tool is designed for its specific task and the set becomes a unique record of the process of making the work.
Taking traditional Polish craft techniques as the starting point, the project creates a publicly-sited intervention in Liverpool which marries traditional Polish and English skills and imagery. Missing letters in iconic buildings have been carefully restored with a new handcrafted alphabet, featuring hand-pierced brass scrollwork that combines traditional English and Polish Wycinanki designs. Taking the idea of neighborhood as a community within the city; these techniques and processes work together to intervene in the public space to create an Act of Care, creating a positive mark of the diversity of the city.
Co-Commissioned by Crafts Council, FACT and Norfolk Museums 2015