Scissors cut hair or leather, fine silk fabrics or metal sheets, paper or branches. They are simple, everyday cutting tools, specialised handicraft tools, artfully created design objects or even cherished utensils that accompany people throughout their lives. The exhibition shows the diverse contexts of use, the manifold shapes and sizes and does not ignore the cultural-historical aspects. A series of interactive hands-on stations invite visitors to playfully explore the everyday object of use, scissors.
10.2.2022 - 17.10.2022
Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs (Dropforge), Solingen
The drive belts whir, the furnaces glow and the hammer beats. There is a very special atmosphere, which is both fascinating and makes one curious. Workers in blue overalls stand at the drop hammers and forge scissors. In addition, the mechanisation of grinding is illustrated and the life and work of the people in the cutlery production explained. The stately company villa dating from 1896 gives insights into the living environment of the entrepreneur’s family.