27 November 2009

Object #3 Glove Forms

The mark of the individual, that which supposedly separates us from all other beasts of this planet and the most expressive reflection of our humanity, the hand. That which all creativity, save voice, is channeled, all is manifested: here is both beautiful in its form as well as dehumanized in its purpose. One pattern of thousand that must have churned out gloves by the million in huge factories. Simultaneously a symbol of the individual and the industrial revolution.

These forms are from a large factory in Gloversville, New York, one of over 200 that one time operated in the city, and gave the city its name. Between the late 19th century and 1950 90% of all gloves sold in America were made in this small upstate town.