How did you become interested in using hair within your textile work? When I started working with hair it was in response to these two questions: ‘what would be the textile fibre most intimately related to humans?’ and ‘how could I create a tailor-made and unique material for an identified individual?’ As a textile designer, we work with fibres of animal or vegetable origin, artificial and synthetic fibres. These raw materials are harvested around us or we manufacture them using chemical processes. However, hair, if we think of it as a ‘textile fibre’, comes from our own body. It’s this proximity to the source that informs my interest in cut hair. Moreover, when this human ‘material’ is used in a textile design project, it offers a range of very interesting qualities to work with: by its nature (rot-proof, presence of traces of the individual’s everyday life in its structure), its properties (elasticity, resistance, electrical, plasticity, hydrophilicity, hygrometric), its attributes (original, identity and aesthetic) and its symbolic values (profane/sacred and linked to an individual’s personal story).
What realm do you see your work as inhabiting? Are your pieces made be exhibited in a fine art sense, or used within a more every day environment by the people who commission them? Both – some people don’t want to assign a function to the materials I make, the samples are then framed and displayed. Other people want the materials I produce to become an object. At the moment, I’m concentrating more on fashion accessories as a field of application. Hairstylists also call upon my skills to participate in the design of hairstyles.