Elizabeth Walshaw

Art Foundation student at Bradford College, going on to study Creative Multimedia at Manchester Met.

Dead Puppet – Z Arts

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‘An exhibition of archival puppets curated by Nenagh Watson’

This is a small selection of some of the amazing puppets on show at the moment at Z Arts as part of the Dead Puppet exhibition. I can’t recommend it enough (it’s only on until 21st Dec!)

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December 9, 2013 at 22:45

Breadford

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Apologies for the total silence for the past few months! I’ve been doing my final major project for my college course and have been working very hard on a documentary about bread in Bradford (following on from the bakery photos that I did a while ago). During this time I’ve been using another blog, specifically for the project, but didn’t want to make it public until now. Really it’s more a sketchbook that I can submit as part of my assessed work and wasn’t written with the intention of other people looking at it but here you go anyway.

The password for all the videos on there is bakery.

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June 10, 2013 at 22:27

Today I’m With You – Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen

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Last night I watched Today I’m With You, a brilliant documentary by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen who is photographing the people of Byker in Newcastle. She first moved to Byker and started taking photos 30 years ago so it’s really interesting to see the differences between then and now. The film is available to watch online on the Side TV website (link below) which has some great films uploaded at the moment!

http://www.sidetv.net/channel1/

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February 15, 2013 at 16:21

Breadford: Kolos Bakery

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Over the past month, I’ve been working on a photographic project documenting bakeries in Bradford. I’ve been looking at the Mass Observation project recently which was set up in the 1930s to document daily-life in Britain through actions such as recording interviews and documenting what objects people have on their mantle-pieces. I decided I wanted to bring an anthropological aspect into my work and thought it would be interesting to explore what bread and bakeries could reveal about the city.

Kolos do a fantastic Rye bread! They are a Ukrainian bakery in West Bowling, Bradford and have been baking since 1961. They have a quite a big kitchen set-up and I was impressed with the organised and quick way in which they worked, especially as they had been baking since 4 o’clock in the morning! They do a lot of specialty loaves including black-pudding bread, chili bread and ciabatta. (They also use one of the biggest ovens I’ve ever seen!)

This will be the last bakery post for the immediate future as we’re starting a new project at college next week. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do something with all the photographs soon – I’d like to get some nice prints done of them or maybe bind them into a book. I’ve really enjoyed visiting all of these lovely kitchens and tasting lots of lovely food, and would like to thank all of the people who have welcomed me into their workplace.

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February 5, 2013 at 21:33

Breadford: Pizza Pieces

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Over the past month, I’ve been working on a photographic project documenting bakeries in Bradford. I’ve been looking at the Mass Observation Project recently which was set up in the 1930s to document daily-life in Britain through actions such as recording interviews and documenting what objects people have on their mantle-pieces. I decided I wanted to bring an anthropological aspect into my work and thought it would be interesting to explore what bread and bakeries could reveal about the city.

Pizza Pieces is a brilliant pizzeria in Bradford. I don’t know how long it’s been open but I remember going in there when I was really young so it’s at least 17/18 years old… ‘You are still really young; you’re still a baby’ says Margarita when I tell her this. She and her husband Tony, both of whom grew up in Italy, own the place. Tony makes the dough for the pizzas the night before which means he has a later start each day than the other bakers I talked to, who tended to bake in the early hours of the morning.

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Tony performs the most difficult part of pizza-making; getting the pizza onto the peel. He says it takes ten years to learn how to do this.

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A photograph of the famous Italian actor Totò hangs above the coffee machine.

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February 5, 2013 at 17:08

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Breadford: Kashmir Crown Bakeries

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Over the past month, I’ve been working on a photographic project documenting bakeries in Bradford. I’ve been looking at the Mass Observation Project recently which was set up in the 1930s to document daily-life in Britain through actions such as recording interviews and documenting what objects people have on their mantle-pieces. I decided I wanted to bring an anthropological aspect into my work and thought it would be interesting to explore what bread and bakeries could reveal about the city.

Kasmir Crown Bakeries claims to be the largest Asian food manufacturer in Europe. They make all sorts of lovely things including Asian sweets, cakes and some very tasty veg samosas!

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February 4, 2013 at 21:38

Breadford: The Village Bakery, Heaton

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Over the past month, I’ve been working on a photographic project documenting bakeries in Bradford. I’ve been looking at the Mass Observation Project recently which was set up in the 1930s to document daily-life in Britain through actions such as recording interviews and documenting what objects people have on their mantle-pieces. I decided I wanted to bring an anthropological aspect into my work and thought it would be interesting to explore what bread and bakeries could reveal about the city.

The first location I went to was The Village Bakery in Heaton. It’s quite a small, local bakery which supplies to residents in the local area and is one of the few remaining places that still bakes by hand. We talked about the threat of supermarkets and they said most of their trade now comes from making sandwiches and a lot of their customers are pupils and staff from the school opposite.

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Written by Elizabeth Walshaw

February 3, 2013 at 18:03

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