“Having an emotional connection with my subject matter leads, in my opinion, to the conception of my most successful outcomes. ‘Rationed’ stemmed from reading through the diaries of my grandmother. I came to learn about the simplicity of daily life, about the make-do-and-mend, the writing of letters and how hairdressing was something that happened within the home, undertaken by friends and family.

I also learned that my grandmother, Lily Pond, had documented the air-raids during the Blitz in London, which appeared almost as a shorthand log of the timings. From these records I was able to research the dates and times which she referenced, to learn more detail about what was happening during this period of her life.

Both my grandmothers lived in London during WW2 and worked as they bought up their young children, maintaining daily life through the strains and trauma of wartime. From the insight I gleaned from these diaries I felt it was important to celebrate their lives and the strength they had, along with all the other war-time wives and mothers who kept the family unit together.”

Jo Pond