Beginning her career as an assistant repairer at a small jewellers following her A-Levels, it is no surprise that Linda Brothwell has gone on to deliver endless repair projects in the arts sector, such as her latest commission for Build Your Own, entitled Acts of Care: The Lost Letters of Liverpool.

 

Linda is a frequent lecturer and debater at Sheffield Hallam University, and was awarded the Jerwood Makers Open in 2013 for her project Acts of Care: The Sheffield Edition in which she crafted her own tools to carry out repair work on areas of Sheffield’s Portland Works.

 

Linda has exhibited at the British Council, The Design Museum and The Korean National University of Cultural Heritage and past projects have included using Portugese wood inlay techniques to repair public benches in Lisbon, as well as developing her ceramics skills in Korea, learning raku firing methods to create platters and cups for a village café.

 

For The Lost Letters of Liverpool, Linda marries Polish design with English imagery to reflect the diversity of the city. Using hand-pierced brass scrollwork, Brothwell crafts letters to replace those missing from iconic building signs in Liverpool; the Coleman's building on Park Road, Toxteth and The Queen's Head pub in the same area. She will once again be employing her own handmade tools to deliver this repair project, using Polish Wycinanki designs as a template for her work.

 

Acts of Care: The Lost Letters of Liverpool will be on display at FACT as part of Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing from 4 June to 31 August.