Saturday, August 19, 2006

Make do and Mend, Manchester

I began my ongoing project Make do and Mend in Manchester after noticing the amount of discarded broken umbrellas that appeared on the street after rainfall. I began photographing them and later collecting them, taking them to my studio. I realised that most of the umbrellas were cheaply made, the kind you buy in a pound store. Many were not badly broken and just needed minor repairs to function properly again. So I began to repair them, adding an embroidered label, (which read "repaired by Hilary Jack") and then I replaced them where I had found them, finally photographing them again.