Double Happiness

A collaboration between Dell Stewart and Isobel Knowles for an exhibition opening on the 12th of August at Popcraft, 'The Hands of Mei Lanfang' invites the audience to try on the hands of Mei Lanfang by way of customised gloves. Each handmade glove is stitched into a position which holds a certain meaning in the language of the Peking opera. The opera performer, Mei Lanfang was particularly revered for his beautiful hand gestures, often playing female roles and using hand gestures to emphasise femininity. 

Orchid Finger and Holding the fan upside-down. Photographed by Isobel Knowles.

Orchid Finger and Holding the fan upside-down. Photographed by Isobel Knowles.