Earlier this year I received a commission from Leicestershire Artworks to make a piece for the second series of Held in the Hand collections. I had seen the Held in the Hand 1 and was excited to be part of the second round of commissions, which had three themes light, sound and movement. My piece was made for the aural collection.
I had worked on a mosaic project for a Festival of Angels in Hallaton, during the making sessions in the village the group told me wonderful stories about an ancient treasure trove that was found in one of the local fields.
Whilst thinking about the Held in the Hand Commission I had a vivid dream about the hoard, imagining holding the coins in my hands, letting them jingle and rattle in my palms, feeling them slipping through my fingers. From this dream my idea for a bag of treasure, which would also be a rattle that could be shaken to make sounds, evolved.
I made a pouch to keep the hoard in, constructed out of fabrics with different textures, tea-stained cotton, velvet and silk.
The pouch is decorated with a tree and an assortment of leaves, the exterior is in subtle shades and the interior is a deep red to enhance the shine of the coins within.