Hair obsession: Sarah Ama Duah

It’s been a while since I wrote but I wanted to share this new discovery.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may notice a few recurring themes that fascinates me and one of them is my obsession with hair. Not hair styles but the use of hair in innovative ways and it seems Sarah Ama Duah has that same obsession.

A womenswear designer based in Hamburg, she uses artificial hair to create pieces of garments that move and sway just as hair does when you’re walking.
Now, let’s allow the images to do all the talking:

The pieces come in bright vibrant colours too; a plus point considering the impression people usually have of hair.

Will be keeping my eyes on her future pieces!


X Alex

(Images from O-Ama & O-Ama FB)

Kerry Howley: Hair on your neck

Hi everyone! I’m back, you may not realize that I haven’t been writing any entry for the past month or more because Sybil did such a great job holding up the fort. A million thank you’s and a heart full of gratitude!

BLUEPRINT was a great experience meeting buyers and like-minded creators, there was just so much energy and insight, making friends and getting feedback. After rushing for BLUEPRINT, I spent some time figuring what I want to do after hearing feedback from the buyers. I am still in the process of serious soul searching which includes a lot of ups and downs but once the direction is set, it will be a full sprint forward.

Anyway, I’ve learnt so many things about myself since I started my label and one of them has been my strange obsession with hair. There’s just something about knowing that there is someone’s DNA inside which makes it so mysterious and probably repelling to some at the same time. Here’s someone who seems to share my obsession.

Kerry Howley, a contemporary jeweller and jewellery artist who graduated from Middlesex University, London, creates intriguing neck pieces woven with human hair. She is fascinated by the power materials have to influence our emotional response to jewellery, with a particular interest in how these emotions can be conflicting.

“Attraction/Aversion is a material exploration of how people can feel seemingly opposing emotional responses simultaneously. The necklaces are made of human hair, a familiar material that we take pride in. However once off the body, hair becomes an innate source of aversion. Kerry wanted to see if she could make discarded hair attractive again. Through the familiar form of a necklace, and using patterns and symmetry that are instinctively pleasing, Kerry has created a delicate balance between the viewer/wearer’s feelings of aversion and attraction.”- Kerry Howley’s Homepage

That is the exact same thought I have. I love that it looks so beautiful aesthetically but yet, the fact that it is hair kind of makes your hair stand.

These works were done in 2011, but it would definitely be interesting to see what else she can come up with!


X Alex

(Images from Kerry Howley)


If I really had to make a portrait of myself, I imagine it to be part black and grey crochet with pieces of crushed moulded gold, suspended in the centre of a glass cubic container.

I don’t know where I got that from, but that image just came to my mind. Perhaps it’s my favourite wardrobe colour choices, mixed with an element of lace crochet that requires some kind of skill to create, adorned with a tiny splash of gold (my favourite colour for my accessories). Random-ness. Anyhow, here’s what Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur arnardottir (aka shoplifter)’s self portrait looks like.

(Self portrait 2, 2009)

To my eyes, it looks like rapunzel’s braided locks, cut and twirled to look like a bird’s eye view of an island sprouting with fur-trees. Slightly different from what I envisioned my own self portrait to be, though textured nonetheless.

(Untitled, 2009)

Hmmm. Maybe I’m right. This piece looks like a white sand island off the coast of main land, or a piece of cloud floating above land.

(Untitled, 2008)

This is my favourite! I admit it is on the dark side and I won’t want it in my own living room (that does not have high enough ceilings to allow this) but it is absolutely great as an art piece right in the lobby of a museum, in front of the baroque stairway.

(Hair Helmet, 2008)

This is so cute! Look at the details! There are hair-flowers, if there’s such a thing! I think it’s an amazing statement piece and guess who else thinks so.

Björk! Styled and designed for Björk’s tours and stage costumes. Wow. Ok you may already know that but no harm looking back on something that’s beautiful yes.

Who knew hair was so wearable eh.

She also collaborated with VPL for her Fall 2010 collection. And it’s amazing! Check it out here.

What a great way to start my week. Beautiful pieces that brings comfort to my tired eyes!

X Alex

(Images from shoplifter and vplnyc )

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