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Teresa Collenette is a freelance design historian and Associate Curator  at the Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey, London.  Originally a graduate in Classics/Modern Languages, Teresa went on to do a Masters in the History of Design V&A/RCA, graduating in 2005. Her dissertation was entitled Scissors as a Social Tool in the Hands of Women: The Role of Women in the Production and Consumption of Scissors in Sheffield between 1850 and 1914.  Following her Masters, Teresa began collecting scissors and scissor-related artefacts, which now form the base of The Secret Life of Scissors, its exhibition at the Fashion & Textile museum, and an upcoming book.

Teresa has collaborated  regularly with artist Amanda Clarke. Amanda played a large role in the visual display of The Secret Life of Scissors exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. They are friends who look forward to co-curating further installations. 

Teresa's collection includes hundreds of objects, from the minuscule to the massive, both utilitarian and decorative, and spans centuries. Her collection continues to grow. 

Teresa Collenette

Is a London-based design historian & curator

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