5th Oct 21
In the Ditchling museum there is a display that shows the creative process for a book called The Giant Jam Sandwich, it has a block of text that details Vernon talking about his child hood memories of eating jam sandwiches at picnics and using unwanted bits of sandwich to draw away attention from wasps.
I like how these stories help make his work more relatable as very one can relate to having pickings in parks and avoiding wasps also the symbol of jam sandwich is very English and also working class as it is cheep
In the cabinet are some rough thumbnail sketches of Vernon’s plan for his book, next to them there are some more refined pencil drawings of each page, on these pages you can see the outline of what’s on the other side, also there are random spots of colour. I think The messiness in the drawings makes the viewer understand Vernon’s excitement for telling this story.
In the museum there is also is a big soft jam sandwich that kids can play on, it is made in response to the book by an artist called Emma Carlow, Out of all the things in the museum the big jam sandwich is the most stacking because of its size.
It invites the viewers to interact with it as there are some cloth wasp wings kids can wear as they jump on the bread and play out the story, the sandwich also has some smaller drops of jam doted around makes the piece less static and gives it life.
it’s interesting to look at the textures of the sandwich and compare it to a real sandwich, the bread part is shiny and smooth, this is contrasted with the jam which is made of fabric, it is strange when you touch the jam and it is sold and not sticky.