Object History: Scissors

scissors

noun [plural] /ˈsɪz.əz/ a device used for cutting materials such as paper, cloth, and hair, consisting of two sharp blades that are joined in the middle, and two handles with holes to put your fingers through.

Scissors are often overlooked in their practical and humble nature, yet there’s no reason why such a utilitarian object cannot be beautiful and still serve its purpose at the same time.

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.

Start your own scissor collection with a pair of sturdy Tailors Scissors, or the delicate Makers Scissors.

FILED 10, May 2016

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  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • 02 9516 5643
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-4pm OR BY APPOINTMENT