Two Lives

This work is a tribute to the female workers who toiled in Britain's Victorian factories. The first corset factory opened in the UK was in Bath - not far from where I live. In order to make this piece, I researched the pay and conditions of the workers there. Apparently they were paid 7 and a half (old) pence per day (with twelve old pence making one shilling - the equivalent of five new pence). A corset would be sold for 17shillings and 6 pence requiring the factory worker to save all her wages for a whole month in order to buy a corset that she had helped to make.
This corset is part of a co-operative project : 'Find Another Bath' .