This sculpture draws inspiration from the everyday objects found in a late Welsh coal miner’s toolshed, honouring the legacy of a post-industrial South Wales community. The recorded objects—salvaged and preserved by a grandfather with a deep-rooted belief in the “make do and mend” ethos—represent a tactile history that contrasts with modern society’s shift toward instant gratification and digital dependency. The piece serves as a poignant reminder of a time when self-reliance, independence, and practical skills were paramount. Through this work, viewers can explore themes of cultural heritage and traditional notions of masculinity, emphasising resilience and resourcefulness.

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