“Cracker Collector “.

by timpughartist


“Cracker Collector ” is a drawing of an outline on a boulder sketched on a boulder at  Whitehaven beach in August 2015.I used a piece of  coal to draw out the outline of a beach coal collector ,copied from a photograph taken in the 1930’s.In times of recession, people would collect coal from the beach and sell it to households ,going from door to door.The coal would often be of poor quality and would ‘explode’ in a fire,hence the term ‘cracker’.In more recent times,men in the 1960’s and 70’s would collect and sell coal for beer money. I thought a piece of coal would be appropriate to sketch out the form ,copied from a famous old photograph of Mary Ellen Spence with a huge bag of coal on her back.