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Bilston Craft Gallery - Craftsense: Making Connections

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About this project

This audience engagement project in 2004/5 was a collaboration with Bilston Craft Gallery and Bilston & Battersea Enamels Ltd. New work was made in response to the galleries collection of locally made Georgian enamels and displayed alongside them to help local people make connections between their industrial heritage and contemporary craft shown at the venue. These contemporary ‘trifles’ were inspired by a patch box in the collection inscribed with the words ‘A Trifle From Bilston’.

Keywords

Enamel, Narrative, Satire, Museum collection interpretation, Collaborative working

Disciplines

Metal work

Materials

Metal
A Raspberry Trifle From Bilston
Photographer: John Grayson
The original patch box with the inscription ‘A Trifle From Bilston’ depicted a grand building in the town, and was manufactured as a souvenir, the term ‘trifle’ being used to refer to the object itself, meaning a small gift. This ‘Trifle’ illustrates a more contemporary understanding of the word.
A Raspberry Tart From Bilston
Photographer: John Grayson
This simple enamel box, formed to resemble an iced tart, formed one of three objects made for Craftsense, each featured a spoon handle protruding from the faux desert that acted as a lever to open the lid.
A Raspberry Tart From Bilston
Photographer: John Grayson

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