Before we get started, I want to apologize for the lack of posts this week. Fevers are conducive to crossed, unfocused eyes, not writing intelligible sentences. But I’m better now and back to work. so let’s hit the ground running, guys!
I adore this brooch by artist Melanie Bilenker. Such a charming, quiet moment observed with simplicity and grace. So what’s it made of? Let me see… ebony, gold, resin, pigment, and hair. That’s right, hair. Melanie Bilenker’s hair, to be precise.
No etching techniques, as you might expect at first glance. Instead of an etching tool, Melanie places her lines with strands of hair.
Her inspiration is historical and sentimental:
The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.
Go check out her work. It’s amazing.
Oh Mr. Twistie? If you’re wondering what I’d like for my birthday, this is a hint.
Well, that or a shopping spree at the Nikon 1 from Jessops. I’l like that, too.