I’m working on a completely new piece at the moment, for a pop-up gallery in Leicester called The Salon. EC Arts have been commissioned to fill the old salon with art by local and regional artists inspired by the local area, ideas of beauty and consumerism. With it being a salon, I chose to work with hair, inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery made from a loved-one’s hair. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity. You can see some of my research images on Pinterest. I am using real hair (from mannequins left at the Salon) and have been exploring weaving, plaiting and braiding, combining the hair with silk and using textile frames to display small elements I have made.
The Salon gallery launches on Friday 18th October, 6-8pm. It is Next to Next, opposite John Lewis, in Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre. The exhibition continues until Saturday 26th October.
Update: finished work