November 30, 2021

EP. 241 — How Sharp Is The History Of Scissors? with Teresa Collenette

This week’s episode is a cut above the rest, as we explore the history and cultural significance of scissors. Join Jonathan and design historian Teresa Collenette as they talk ancient spring scissors, Victorian-era chatelaines, Jonathan’s go-to hair shears, and Teresa’s incredible collection of more than 100 pairs of scissors.

Teresa Collenette is a design historian, curator and collector. Teresa has curated several exhibitions with the Fashion and Textile Museum, including The Secret Life of Scissors in 2018 and Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture, which is up now!


You can follow her on Instagram @thehouseofscissors.


Want to learn more about scissors? Check out these resources:


Handmade scissors in Sheffield at Ernest Wright


Scissors being made at Ernest Wright


Scissors maker William Whiteley & Sons, Sheffield


Scissor Collecting Magazine

Dial M For Murder


The Secret Life of Scissors exhibition in The New York Times


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Teresa Collenette JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Teresa Collenette, where I ask her: How sharp is the history of scissors? Oh, my God, I’m so excited, I can’t stand it. Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness and today we are learning everything about scissors. Welcome Teresa Collenette, who is a design historian specializing in the history of scissors. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art Victoria and Albert Museum History of Design Master’s Program. She has worked on various fashion and textile museum exhibitions, including the 2018 show The Secret Life of Scissors. Theresa, welcome. TERESA COLLENETTE [00:00:45] Thank you. I’m so happy to be here. I mean, it’s so exciting, and I’m ta

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