When looking for inspiration for my work I always use my memories as a starting point. This project started as a way to collect my memories by creating an object in metal and burying it in the place it was created for and having it patinated by the area, therefore giving me a part of the place.
This has developed during my second year into researching my family history and family heirlooms where I discovered a christening dress that had been worn by many generations. I then used my interest in genealogy to look into the cyclical nature of families. Concentrating on my maternal ancestors and narrowing it down to those who wore the christening dress I have compiled a ‘family tree of objects’.
By researching the history of each person I compiled records and photographs and inherited objects. I then used my research to create or in some cases recreate objects in memory of each person and buried them in the places each one lived.
The project has uncovered many strands of possibilities to take this concept forward and help people be creative in a variety of ways.