Spark of Production


This is the third Embroidery I made for the WW1 Centenary exhibition of August 2014. It features a female welder working away in one of the many factories that had at the time hired women to replace the workforce lost after the men had gone to war. I had felt it important to include this image in the exhibition as the role of women in the war as nurses, factory workers, farmers, and many more roles was crucial to the success of the allies. Not only did they keep the home front running but they paved the way for future social change to bring equality to all genders. It was thanks to the tireless work done by the women at the time that those in charge began to realise that women were just as capable as men to do any job they wanted. In this embroidery for the first time I experimented with alternate light sources, rather than the standard colouring of the face I incorporated blue from the welding rod. This was also the first time I had attempted to colourise a black and white photo, the previous two embroideries had come from pre-colourised images I had found online. If anything, I would like to at some point try doing another image with sparks or fireworks as I truly believe I could improve on what is shown here.

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Exhibition: WW1 Centenary August 2014
Commission: No
For Sale: Sold
Size: Hight 27cm - Width 23cm - Depth 4cm

Embroidery Number: 2