British artist seeks to explore the tension between beauty and aversion in a collection of organic jewelry

British artist and jewelry designer Kerry Howley has created a compelling collection of intricate necklaces made out of human hair. The collection, called Attraction/Aversion, is meant to invoke conflicting feelings in the viewer. While a glossy head of hair is an appealing sign of vitality, once hair falls off, it becomes something repulsive. Howley wanted to create something of visible beauty from a material that people have an aversion to: “through the familiar form of a necklace, and by using patterns and symmetry that are instinctively pleasing.”

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