Florence Buckwell

Florence Buckwell BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation 2020

These are a series of images telling the story of the Idle women. A group of 45 women who worked on canals during the second world war. Toing and froeing between London and birmingham, their work was tough. They lugged coal, ammunition and steel hundreds of miles which could take 3 weeks. The stories I tell are an amalgamation of the information I have found through discovering numerous of their diaries. 

The sponge women have been an ongoing project throughout my third year. A collection of little ceramic sculptures has branched out to a series of sewn sponge ladies. The women wear sponges as their clothing as they conventionally absorb everyone's issues. 

Boat life. Sonia and her pals banquet on their peanut butter rations and flow through lots of wildlife.
During world war 2 women without children had to get a wartime job.
Takin it easy.
Sonia meets George on the canal, who she later marries.
Travelling along canals they were often refused their rations as they weren't 'locals'.
Boat man explains the job to Sonia.
Sonia the doll.
Sponge woman. Made withe kitchen sponge, cotton, felt.
Blobby women.
Ceramic sponge woman.