Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter

Artist – Saffron Waghorn

Sponsored by: Allenby Commercial

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Design Description

This design is based on the De Havilland Metal Moth, inspired by all the women called to work by the government whilst the men were at war in the late 1930s. Amy was a shining example of what women can do when they get the opportunity. My grandmother was a submarine welder. As a result when the wars were over, women wanted their independence and equality.

The suffragettes fought, and some even died, for the women’s vote. Today we are getting closer to the promised equality, thanks to women like our Amy Johnson. Some countries still are nowhere near that.

The moth is made of recycled sheet aluminium copper metal, riveted to the form, with lipstick red silk billowing out of the gaps. The Antennae are steel rope with frayed ends. Her necklace is made from nuts threaded on cable.

Artist Statement

Saffron Waghorn, a sculptor who predominantly works in stone, but enjoys the versatility of other materials. She has twenty years experience in Public Art, occasionally taking on private commissions and running workshops.

Saffron is currently exploring her own creative style and interests. Looking forward to exhibiting her new art in the near future.

The Amy Johnson festival is a fun way to celebrate the life of such an iconic woman, showing what can be achieved when given an “equal” opportunity.