4. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Firefighter


“They used to say to me that I had to be like a man to do the job, but I had higher aspirations than that.” Sian Griffiths, retired London firefighter. You can read more of her story here, in a Telegraph article by Jaymi McCann.

This is the fourth square of a patchwork of so-called men’s stuff. It is made from discarded books, magazines, postcards and junk mail. There are sixteen squares in total. You can see the whole piece here.

The square was cut from the book Firefighter by Tim Wood. Published in 1988 by Franklin Watts. The photograph is by Chris Fairclough.

I have used the actual book, not a copy, so the patch is 26 years old.

The photographs in the book were mainly taken at Beckenham Fire Station, which is local to me. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the man in the picture, but it could be listed below.

This year, London is celebrating 150 years of the Fire Brigade. Thank you to the firefighters. I have only had two close dealings with the fire service. Impeccable both times.

This is another battered book given to me by a school librarian, who would prefer to remain anonymous.

All of my work is individually numbered, this piece is 799. It can be found in my shop.


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7 thoughts on “4. Men’s Stuff Patchwork – Firefighter

  1. Hi,
    The young firefighter in the picture is Andy Bell.
    I was in the London Fire Brigade from 1983- 2015.
    Hope this helps…Paul Boz Reeve

  2. Pingback: Men’s Stuff Patchwork | Alison Sye

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