Swiss designer Céline Arnould has forged a sequence of ceramic vessels from the hair of her family and friends, as a up to date tackle the locks that Victorians used to maintain as tokens of affection or loss.
Arnould – who educated as a hairdresser and nonetheless cuts the hair of these closest to her – has been amassing the strands for nearly a yr to make use of as the idea for the 13 completely different bowls.
Every is devoted to, and named after, one in all these folks and makes use of their hair combined with offcuts from hairdressers that might in any other case go to waste.
“The hair is consultant of an individual, so it is very important me to know the place it comes from and that it’s processed with a lot effort and care,” she informed Dezeen.
“Hair raises loads of questions when utilized in an object. How is the identification of an object constructed? What if a human turns into a supply of fabric? Resulting from this sturdy connection between people and their hair, the objects set off loads of feelings.”
For the Liaison assortment, Arnould let the pure properties and textures of the fabric information the objects’ final type.
Draping the hair over inflatable, ring-shaped moulds offers it again its pure quantity, for a outcome paying homage to the tightly wound bun of a ballerina.
“For curls and braids, I simply dip them into the porcelain mass and place them on to the mould to dry,” defined the designer.
“If I wish to have an object with straight hair, I organize it on the shape first after which paint porcelain mass over it. I do all of this layer by layer so this a part of the method can take 4 to 6 hours.”
Past aesthetics, the hair serves the sensible goal of drawing moisture from the porcelain to assist it set faster, which is normally achieved by drying it in plaster moulds or plates.
It additionally acts as a type of scaffold for the porcelain, serving to the piece maintain its type till the hair is burned away within the kiln forsaking solely impressions of what as soon as was.
Lastly, every bowl is tinted in delicate, gradient colors like butter yellow or mint inexperienced.
“I apply a colored glaze with an airbrush, mimicking how hair naturally displays the solar,” stated Arnould. “Then I soften the color transitions by taking away a small a part of the glaze with a brush earlier than making use of the shiny clear glaze.”
With Liaison, she hopes to lift questions across the contradictory, guttural reactions that hair can evoke.
“The hair can, whether it is nonetheless linked to the pinnacle, stand for well being and wonder, however as soon as it’s separated from the physique you shortly affiliate it with disgust like while you see hair in a sink,” she defined.
“That is why I made a decision to mix it with porcelain, a pore-free materials that is related to being effective and worthwhile, to distinction it with the fairly disgusting connotations of lower hair.”