As someone who's been gloving for 8+ years how did you get into gloving?
Jest: "As a child I was always interested in “the astounding.” I was fixated on anything that could stimulate a reaction of wonder and amazement. Skills and talents like object manipulations, cardisty, and sleight of hand became my childhood muses.
One of the magic routines I would perform involved the use of colored thimbles, little finger caps, that I would manipulate to appear, disappear, and multiply. Around 2010, a friend told me that what I was doing “looked just like Gloving.” I didn’t know what Gloving was at that time, but once I saw it, I instantly knew and told this friend “well that’s what I’m trying to do!”"
What made you so passionate about the art of Gloving?
Jest: "In 2013 I learned about an ancient Sanskrit art form called mudra yoga. In short, mudra were hand gestures that were used for both meditation and dance. This information empowered me to take gloving light shows seriously as an art form and a worthwhile endeavor. Learning the history of mudra in dance set in motion a passion for bringing that level of complexity and storytelling into the light show meta."
What is one of your favorite gloving memories or experiences?
Jest: "Lost Lands 2017 was unreal. It was the largest gloving pit the world has ever seen. The event was nonstop lightshow fun from the second the sun went down. Lost Lands 2018 was also a great turn out for gloving, and actually held the title for largest FaceMelt Crew event."
Do you have any words of advice for glovers who are just starting their gloving journey?
Jest: "Yes! 61,883 words to be exact. I wrote a book detailing the history, culture, technique, theory of gloving light shows just for the reason that beginning glovers didn’t have a good enough resource to learn the foundations of our culture."
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