OBJECT HISTORY: SCISSORS
They emerged in their early ‘spring’ form in Ancient Egypt, forged of raw materials like iron and bronze and later developed in Ancient Rome and Asia into the pivoted scissors we know today. Large varieties like shears allowed craftsmen and metal workers to display their fine skills with decorative and illustrated blades and handles.
Pinking shears, cord-covered Japanese scissors, herb scissors, wallpaper scissors… I have acquired them all! They all remind me of a place, a trade or specialised task. They speak of the craftsman, be they tailor, wallpaper maker, florist or barber.