Developed especially for the Hub, PRINT SHOP is inspired by Belle Benfield’s visits to Lincolnshire and research into the regions agricultural industry. The 200 hand-crafted rubber stamps in the gallery each represent a step in the process of growing, harvesting, milling, baking and grinding wheat into breadcrumbs. What was once a good way to use up day-old bread has been transformed into an elaborate process that is seldom considered amidst supermarket aisles.
Benfield invited visitors to the exhibition to print their own shopping lists and supermarket signage and familiarize themselves with the processes, chemicals and machines that go into making breadcrumbs. The show encourages us to consider our relationship to bargain-hunting alongside the reality of the lengthy production processes behind supermarket foods.