In November 2013 a group of staff from Royal Mail came to my studio, bringing bags of waste materials from UK Mail Centres.  These were recyclable materials which are often mistakenly sent to landfill and the project was intended to raise awareness of this issue.  We worked with the materials to design and make four small Royal Mail themed sculptures from the waste materials: a postman, pillarbox, mail van, and a crown inspired by the famous logo.  After the day’s workshop, I continued to work on the sculptures, finishing them off myself.  I had shipping crates made for them which could double up as plinths.  The sculptures were then sent off to tour round the mail centres.

The waste materials used to make the sculptures included old uniforms and bags, labels, tags, plastic strapping, old gloves and machine belts.

Royal Mail sculpture project

Sculptures made by Royal Mail staff with artist Michelle Reader
Crown sculpture detail
Postman Pat van sculpture
Making postman sculpture
Making crown sculpture
Making sculptures from waste, workshop for Royal Mail staff