These images are from an illustrated history novel that I'm working on, set on a small street running alongside the railway viaducts in Whitechapel. The work explores the circumstances in which Cudworth Street emerged in Victorian London and how the population, mostly skilled artisans, reconciled with the sudden shift from hand to machine production and the rapid unemployment that followed.
Based on the censuses from 1851-1881, poverty surveys conducted by the government and charitable organisations, as well as archived accounts, the work follows several characters through a narrative history about labour, migration and governement neglect. There are a lot of parrallels between what happend then to what's happening to artists and makers today.
The images combine collage, drawing, ink, monoprinting, rubber stamping, and watercolour.