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Rozanne Hawksley: The gloves that are an artist’s signature

Part of Glove Stories, this ‘mini-exhibition’ features the work of textile artist Rozanne Hawksley.

27 March 2019

Rozanne (b.1931) has always been fascinated by gloves. As a child, she loved to watch the Royal Marines bandsmen in their white gauntlet gloves, when her father took her to the Garrison Church in Portsmouth.

Gloves became a signature motif throughout Rozanne’s work, which addresses universal themes of love and loss, mourning and remembrance. She uses worn and degraded gloves almost as an artist’s signature, and also incorporates delicate bird and animal bones and other found materials.

This is the first time that so many of Rozanne’s signature works featuring gloves have been displayed together.

Rozanne visited the Fashion Museum with her husband, Brian, in the 1980s and was inspired by the beauty and intricacy of 17th-century gloves from the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London.

To mark both the memory of that visit 30 years ago, and also the role that museums play in inspiration, this display brings together Rozanne’s artworks and the historic gloves that inspired them.

You can see Rozanne's gloves as part of our Glove Stories display until 1 March 2020.