Daphne's Glove: Sharon Hall Shipp


Daphne's Glove piece by Sharon Hall Shipp: 'Trawsnewid'
29cm x 15cm
Weathered & naturally dyed. Deconstructed nylon mix glove. Free-machine embroidered.
Glove’s partner by Tamsin Abbott

Rooted in archaeology and mythology, Sharon’s project piece has undergone several processes beginning with a deconstruction and burial. The glove, wrapped around iron springs was buried in earth & dug up in early February to mark Imolc - the Gaelic herald of Spring. The fabric was then boiled in an infusion of seeds (for new endeavours), bay leaves (referencing the myth of Apollo & Daphne) and tea (for colour & wakefulness).  With the addition of free machine embroidery along the way, the glove was returned to a 3D state.
“I took the project piece to Warren Woods at New Radnor where there is the most spectacular waterfall, ’Water-Break-it’s-Neck’, in a steep sided gorge , once popular with the Victorians. The glove looked very much at home there - blending in as an organic form which I hadn‘t planned for. When my fellow project artists saw the photo’s they commented on how dark the piece had become, reminding them of bladder wrack or the folklore of the bog people which I really rather liked, and, based on this I decided to exhibit both glove and photographs together as a complete piece.”

Photograph by Sharon Hall Shipp