The materials selected and incorporated in each of the collections, which form the exhibition ‘Rationed’, were selected based on their age, patina, symbolism and association. Compositions were created to suggest a time when food and materials were not easy to come by. A sense of thrift and compromise was considered in detail.

Domestic bakeware, biscuit and medicine tins serve as visual references for the feminine domestic role of the wartime wife and mother. Leather from old wallets and worn bone tokens reference ‘worth’ in the pre-decimal sense. Materials which no longer hold value beyond their collectability are re-framed to provide the narrative: they become objects with which to tell the stories of wartime women.