A jewelry designer toes the line between delicate and distasteful with her latest collection of pieces made from human refuse.
A jewelry student from Cambridge, England is generating quite a buzz with her ‘Attraction/Aversion’ collection of delicate necklaces made from human hair. Kerry Howley was inspired by people’s aversion to cut hair since hair is typically worn with pride, but once its connection to the body has been severed, it’s viewed as slightly disgusting. Through her jewelry, the Middlesex student hopes “to create a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.”
The source of Howley’s creations were provided by one of her mother’s friend, a Japanese woman with waist-length hair, who only cuts it once every five years. Using broken saw blades, she cut and wove the strands of hair into abstract shapes influenced by Damask wallpaper patterns, working over 60 hours on each of the five hair necklaces. Howley has already been the recipient of this year’s Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture’s Arthur Silver Award, and her work will be exhibited at the Business Design Centre in London, from June 29 until July 2.
[via Oddity Central]