‘The Bathing Machine’ was created to be a mini-museum, with shelves full of modern ‘artefacts’, most of them created by local young people in workshops led by Sarah during 2013. The artefacts varied from sculpture and textiles to story-telling and sound recordings.
The ‘Deck Chairs’ are storybooks that tell the viewer about life in Lyme Regis and the town’s history. Each fabric strip celebrates different aspects of Lyme’s heritage created by Lyme’s young people in workshops led by Sarah, as well as by members of the local U3A stitching group and Sarah herself.
‘The Catch’ was a giant lobster pot site-specific installation. Inspiration for the piece was taken from two artefacts in the Museum’s collection. The first is a woven dome lobster pot and the second some locally produced lace. Sarah was also influenced by Lyme Regis’s literary connections. The lobster pot allowed Sarah to continue to explore and play with the concepts of functionality, reinvention and decoration, using craft and art processes to create work that turns purely functional objects into art objects. Sarah wanted the pot to occupy the centre of the Rotunda space echoing its hexagonal surroundings, a dome within a dome. The drawings hung around the Lobster Pot represented underwater creatures floating in the white space of the frame, taunting the enclosed Lobster Pot.