Busy Bees

By Joseph Silcott

About the pillowcases

Based on portraits of my parents, Mabel and William Silcott, both pillowcases depict a bee which is a symbol of Manchester and represents how constantly hard they had to work to realise their dreams. Both my parents were invited to Britain to fill jobs that the British of the time didn’t want to do. My mother hails from the Caribbean island of St Kitts, like many women of that generation my mothers’ hopes and dreams were invested in raising and providing for her children, as well as holding down two jobs. The quote on her pillowcase is from Friedrich von Schiller. ┬áMy father hails from the Caribbean island of Montserrat and reflects the journeys both physical and emotional that he and other immigrants from the Caribbean undertook during the 1950s and ’60s. My father’s vocation was in an iron foundry. The quote on his pillowcase is from Henry David Thoreau.

About Joseph Silcott

Joseph Silcott is a freelance illustrator/printmaker and also teaches art and graphic design. As an artist Joseph has had a solo show at the London Ecology Centre, and participated in various group shows of art, illustration and printmaking nationwide.

This page was added on 22/11/2006.

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