Between 2000 and 2003, I periodically turned my kitchen into a felting studio to produce seamless felt mittens, which I began to custom make for friends. The pairs were eventually borrowed back for exhibtion and both feltmaking and felt mittens became an integral part of my project "Sponge", 2006–2016.

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Curator Judith Hoos Fox writing in "Clothing Communicates", her catalog essay for the 2005 Tufts University Art Gallery exhibition "Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator":

Hope Ginsburg, entranced with the process of making felt, has created custom mittens for her friends and their kids. Through a collection of these synecdoches, she depicts an enclave of unique individuals creating a society.

 

Custom felt mittens from Feltmaking, 2000–2003
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Photo: Ned Matura
First Five Mittens, 2003
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Photo: Ned Matura