The Aberfan disaster occurred in a Welsh valley mining village in October 1966.  A landslide, caused by an unstable slag heap, coursed down a mountainside and demolished a primary school killing one hundred and forty four people – one hundred and thirteen of whom were children. My Handkerchief Project started as a direct result of images of the disaster showing women clutching hankies as they await news. Hankies are used as a metaphor for grief and over a period of a few months I bought and collected from friends one hundred and forty four hankies – one for each person lost in the disaster. The concept of trace and staining emerged as important as by using a dyeing and discharge process to soil the hankies I created a trace of the experience they represented.

Aberfan Hankie Archive
Aberfan Hankie Archive
Archive (close up)
Archive (close up)
Hankies (close-up 1)
Hankies (close-up 1)
Hankie (close up 2)
Hankie (close up 2)
Hankie (close up 3)
Hankie (close up 3)
Hankies (close up 4)
Hankies (close up 4)
Hankies (close up 5)
Hankies (close up 5)
Hankies (close up 6)
Hankies (close up 6)
Hankies (close up 7)
Hankies (close up 7)