Artist: Martha Wiles

A terracotta clay trophy with two handles lying in a patch of dirt, as if it has been dug up and uncovered. The handles are decorated with leaves, some of which are painted gold. The trophy is on a base which reads ‘Grow what you can’ in block capitals. The trophy lid lies next to it, it has a model of a small person digging on it – the earth that they’ve dug up has also been painted gold.

Regenerative Appetite Trophies

BA Product Design and Craft – Ceramics
Manchester Metropolitan University

Martha is an illustrator, ceramicist and food activist.

Martha is interested in how craft functions as a catalyst for change, and she uses her interdisciplinary practice to highlight the issue of food waste. Working closely with organisations dedicated to reducing food waste, Martha recently produced a consciousness-raising body of work celebrating the people working hard to regenerate a culture of care within the food system, and created opportunities for conversations around the way we eat. Her approach is playful and accessible, and explores the role craft can play in creatively engaging people in important issues, encouraging shifts in attitude and changes in behaviour.

Clockwise from top left: Regenerative Appetite Trophy; Regenerative Appetite Trophy; Regenerative Appetite Trophies Mark Two; Four Horsemen

In:Site 2024

Martha was one of 14 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2024.

Photograph by Hayley Salter

Martha’s project, I Will Cry Over Spilt Milk, encouraged people to engage in a conversation around food waste, by helping them to create a ceramic tile featuring their own design or message using the sgraffito technique – a process of scratching into a coloured layer of clay. Martha’s playful drawing and ceramics project will created a platform for voices and ideas for change in the food system.

Photographs by Hayley Salter

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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