One of the best things about the doing my project looking at Lovers Padlocks has been reading the responses from the visitors on the flat pack padlocks at the exhibition. At the very beginning of the project I strung up signs along Pier Head in Liverpool where there are hundreds of padlocks, asking people to tell me why they were attaching their own. I have had no response up until now as I have just read this lovely email from a lady who has put up her own. It’s great to have a glimpse into back story of this tradition;
“I met my Partner Steve via the internet last October and on our first day out we went to Liverpool. We both originate from there but I lived in Wigan and he has moved between Skelmersdale and Liverpool at various times. We walked to the dock and wondered what the locks were all about! We read a lot of them and had a good laugh about some of them that had put combination locks on etc. There are also some sad ones too.
When we got home I googled it and then we said as some point we would put one on. In April this year I moved in with Steve and we put our own lock on and as we are frequent visitors to Liverpool, we often go to ‘OUR LOCK’, even though its rusted to hell but the sentiment is there. I have enclosed the before and after pictures! He took the padlock into work to engrave and tried to hide it from ‘The Lads’, who kept on asking ‘what are you doing?!”
Developing ideas by overlapping stylised drawings of padlocks
Developing ideas and shapes
Designing and making maquettes
Development of materials
Theme and materials
Playing around with keys
Since the term began I have been hard at work for an exhibition we are organising as part of my course. The exhibition is entitled ‘Ubiquitous Assimilation’ and the work is in response to the brief ‘Miniature Collections’. I decided to carry on looking into lovers padlocks, which led me naturally to think about lockets. I liked the idea of creating jewellery with the aesthetic of a padlock but the meaning and function of a locket. I’m really excited about the exhibition as I have some ideas to make it interactive with the viewer.
I was really drawn to the colour of this flagging tape on a bus stop which I walked past regularly on my way to work.
Over the summer holiday’s I was set a project entitled ‘Journey’. The project was to create thirty drawings, paintings, sketches or photo’s of things inspired by the theme ‘Journey’. I decided to record the ‘accidental jewellery’ that I saw along several routes in Liverpool, this could be a chain adorning some gates or a hanging basket bejeweling a house. The one thing that I was drawn to most often were padlocks. I started to become really interested in lovers padlocks particularly as there are so many along the Albert Dock in Liverpool now. I was also really inspired by a couple of bright colours I recorded along the way.