This piece was created in response to a Make Do And Mend project led by Southsea artist Ami Lowman. It's dedicated to the pilots, both male and female, who played their part in the Battle of Britain.

The idea originated from a visit to the D-Day Museum in Southsea where I felt a real sense not just of the pilots who fought and won the war in the skies, but also a ghosted sense of those who never made it back. A very poignant fact is that the average age of a British pilot was 22 with a life expectancy of just 2-4 weeks. This piece is also about the unsung female pilots who joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and flew hazardous missions delivering Spitfires and Bombers to the pilots on the front line throughout the war. I wanted to evoke a sense of these groups as a whole, to include the Allied Forces and encompass those who fought and survived as well as a sense of the many that died.

I decided the piece had to be made by recycling materials already in my studio so the starting point was a discarded copy of Sarah Walters' book The Night Watch - a story set in 1940's blitz bombed London. Through the process of folding and cutting the book becomes a symbolic parachute, a vessel hanging in the sky filled with images of fliers, some visible and some commemorated in the black and red crosses. Churchill rises above them all waving his famous Victory sign

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