PINS

For millennia, pins have been objects of use, of desire, and even of veneration. Pins were one of the ingredients in medieval witches' bottles, placed under the hearth to protect a home from evil spirits. I have collected pin designs from all ages and cultures and cast them using paper dipped in liquid bone china. My pins call to mind a hoard of treasure from a lost civilisation, but also speak to how the way we make has changed over time.

 

In the 18th century, a single worker could laboriously hand-produce ten to twenty pins a day. By the 19th century, pin factories were producing tens of millions of pins a year. When making my pins, I ended up mirroring the intensive hand-working process of the 18th- century worker.  The pins are pieces of art but also labours of frustration and love.

Please click on photos to enlarge. Safehouse gallery picture credit to citylit arts