|'Lost Summer' by Graham Arnold c/o Catto Gallery.co.uk|
"After various brainstorms about gloves and hands my initial response to ‘Daphne’s Glove’ back in November 2014 was to try and imagine or create a Daphne character in my mind and then work out where I would go with it. I bought a highly entertaining 1930's girl guide diary on ebay and began thinking.
For a while I was enamoured with the idea of a collage and admit I was highly influenced by the collages of Graham Arnold, some of which I have seen ‘in the flesh’, and one in particular I had found highly moving as it contained a diary extract from his father’s diary. However, after much toying with the idea I wasn't comfortable with my potential 'plagiarism' of this route.
Back to thinking about Daphne and I began thinking about my own grandmother and mother who both kept diaries and lived in Herefordshire. I realised that my mother and daughter had been born in the county and my grandmother and I had come to the county as adults, raised our children and worked here. I tried to think of a way of linking our four generations of Herefordshire women with Daphne’s glove and with my own glass work. I thought about layering the glove within glass with diary extracts or engravings of maps, important places, documents to interweave the generations together with delicate but dense overlapping lines.
However, I felt I’d lost sight of the original glove – it was becoming an incidental object rather than the focus. My thinking has now moved on and I'm almost there with my idea. More to come later... "
|Herefordshire generations: Tamsin's Grandparents on their wedding day, complete with gloves.|