Project: To design an illustrative wall-hanging for the launch of the book ‘How the Pershore Plum Won the Great War’ by Professor Maggie Andrews and co-author Jenni Waugh. Worked with the Society to identify the key elements of the research and selected images from the book to illustrate.
Outcome: Wall-hanging 1m x 0.5m. On display in Pershore Heritage Centre, Pershore Town Hall, Worcestershire. Techniques used: Fabric paint embellished with free-motion machine embroidery.
It was fascinating to find out how significant the Pershre plum industry had on the war effort. There were so many things I learnt for example, the soldiers made grenades from the empty jam tins.
During this project I met with members of the Pershore Women's Institute and Pershore Heritage and History Society to discuss the key findings from their research. I designed several versions of the wall-hanging before the final design. The aim was a visual story of the different roles people played in making the jam. The plum pickers fascinated me, I remember making the design and wondering what the people in the photographs were thinking.