A Braunton artist has won Lottery funding to shed light on the lost era of North Devon’s once-thriving glove industry.
Ceramicist Sue Rossiter has been awarded a grant for the Hand to Hand project, which pays tribute to the skills of local glove workers, whose craft once made this region a world centre for glove making in the 19th and 20th centuries.
An exhibition of artwork inspired by the project will be held at White Moose gallery, in Barnstaple, from June 11 to July 30. Dramatic sculptural forms will combine stitch-like mark-making, leather-like surface qualities and colours developed from local earth pigments.
They are inspired by historical records from the former Pilton Glove Factory in Barnstaple and machinery and equipment of the period.
“I’ve rediscovered half-forgotten sewing skills as a result of the project and I’m really enjoying using these to incorporate stitch, leather and fabric into my ceramics,” said Sue.
Two Memory Box workshops will be held at the Sandy Brown Museum in the former Sudbury Glove Factory building in Appledore on June 18 and July 30, encouraging ex-glovers to share stories and reconnect with their past experiences and skills.