Here he is though with my visitors book and a few badges and other fun things made during my year. The hands related both to making and to the 'Hand of Glory' (more gory than glory as Peter on the main desk often tells visitors). On days when I have been sketching in the museum I often left my sign out along with paper, pencils and pens and asked visitors to draw around their own hand and say what there favourite thing about the museum was. I never asked anyone to decorate their drawing, it was just something that happened naturally but I have a lovely collection of these paper hands, many of which have been stuck into the album but some are temporarily displayed here on the back of the display case - I am still collecting them.
This bracelet has been made from small items found in the museum during the year, a couple of them I embedded in resin and made silver settings for, others I simply attached. I think the bit of stone was a fragment of amethyst and the glass bear I made a silver wire collar for. It has become a bracelet of things once lost, now found.
My badge project has developed a new life, at different times last summer I made badges for visitors. Now as part of the jewellery exhibition I have created a piece of work called 'Equivalent' which has a small explanation panel and a lot of transparent plastic pockets with badges in. It asks visitors to take a badge and leave me something in exchange. I have left circles for drawings and these are the first six drawings left by visitors. I was also left an interesting chunk of hard green stone with a groove in it and an old sixpenny piece - so they are now on my workbench waiting to become part of something new. I was really excited to find that visitors understood my ideas and am enjoying their responses.