N A R R A T I O N S & F A B R I C A T I O N S


    On being invited to participate in a forthcoming exhibition of surrealist work, I decided to revisit a piece I'd long since packaged away.

    The idea to tip each finger of a pair of long leather evening gloves with a thimble had come to me in a dream. Feeling that the unconscious fusion of the two held a greater meaning than both being a form of protection, I spent several hours contemplating the significance.

    The Latin name for foxgloves, digitalis, means ‘relating to the finger’, while in German it is called Fingerhut - thimble - or literally finger hat. Fingertipped... Thumbells... Thimblerigger (a swindler)... Glove compartments... Pins and needles... Lady’s fingers...

    When I'd finished, I consulted a dream analysis website:

    GLOVES: "Consider the phrase ‘handle with kid gloves’ and how you may need to be more cautious in some situation. Or perhaps you are overly cautious. Alternatively, wearing gloves may mean that your creative abilities are still latent."

    THIMBLE: "To use a thimble in your dream indicates that you need to tend to the needs of others instead of pursuing your own self-pleasures." (Tenfold?)

    GLUE: "To dream that you are gluing something together suggests that you are piecing together aspects of yourself and acknowledging those previously rejected parts. On the flip side, you may be too clingy…"

    The thimbled gloves still reside in their box, and I submitted three other pieces for the exhibition.


    8 August - 3 September 2017

    at Hastings Arts Forum

    Curated by Jo Welsh, with work by Brian Catling RA, Gus Cummins RA, Kathleen Fox, Jane Hoodless, Antony Penrose, Katherine Reekie, Jo Redpath, Tim Riddihough, Mick Rooney RA, Jacob Welsh.



    Amid the thimbles, gloves, ebony and hair, I continue to work on my bio-medical project and, though it is still underwraps, I am pleased to announce that I have recently joined forces with curator Liz Cooper. Together we challenge each other, ourselves - and the topic in hand…

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Artist Jane Hoodless presents a personal glimpse at some criminal, cultural and curious aspects of British social history, and shares a little of the inspiration and research behind the work she creates.

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