Last week Riina O went to Scotland to visit the team of Hands of X hand prosthetics in Dundee and Glasgow (more info about this amazing project coming soon…) and to teach the glove making workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art.
The view from the classroom window was straight at the beautiful medieval Edinburgh castle, high on the hill.
During the 4-day workshop the jewellery and silversmithing students learned some of the hand stitching techniques for glove making, adjusted the standard glove pattern to fit their own hand size and made up the first sample glove, having designed the decorative points(or a more complex decorative embroidery in some cases). The last day was left for them to see how could they integrate the newly learned skills into their personal jewellery practice.
I am so curious to see the final results…
Riina O was invited to Denmark to run the glove making workshop at Kolding Design Institute for the Fashion and Accessories MA students.
What a lovely dedicated bunch they were!
Within the 5-day practical workshop the students studied about the history of gloves and what an important role they have played throughout the ages. They got to practice hand stitching on leather and learned to work with a pattern adjusting it to their own hand size. The students mastered the skill of hand stitching by making a trial glove – essential to see the fitting before making the final pair of gloves, involving their creativity and imagination.
Spreading the skills, the craft of hand making gloves will go on…
Riina O was invited to Oslo by The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet to run the glove making workshop during their Prøverommet event.
Handcrafting soft leather gloves is a centuries-old skill, going back to the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, during the last half century, the tradition has started to vanish due to the labor-intensiveness and mechanisation. Only a few skilled professionals around the world are currently practising the art of making gloves by hand.
It would be wonderful to bring the craft back in wider use and make it last.
I would love to see women and men using more gloves again, adding to their dressing code this mysterious and elegant accessory.
It was a real pleasure being part of this exciting craft event!