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Anouska Samms crafts “dysfunctional” pots from human hair

Artist Anouska Samms created pots from clay and donated human hair to playfully discover her household’s matrilineal relationship, which have been just lately on present as a part of an exhibition in London.

Referred to as This Fable We Make, the exhibition by Samms included a group of pots displayed on rugged wooden and plaster plinths in addition to an accompanying movie and a big hanging tapestry.

Human hair pots
Samms created lopsided pots with human hair

The assorted pots are shaped from lopsided shapes made out of colored clay however are outlined by the numerous strands of human hair that embellish them.

Samms obtained the hair from a spread of strangers from around the globe together with Mexico, Australia and Japan after inviting volunteers to supply up their hair by means of a call-out on her Instagram.

Anouska Samms pots
She sourced the hair from strangers on Instagram

This was achieved throughout nationwide lockdowns when individuals have been slicing their hair at dwelling as they may not entry salons, in line with the artist.

“The mix of hair and clay and the totally different varieties of every which might be used merge in an uncommon approach,” she instructed Dezeen.

“This subverts the extra conventional pots – significantly the hand-thrown ones – into what I consider as unstable vessels or dysfunctional containers. Utilizing hair can be only a bit cheeky at occasions,” she added.

This Myth We Make pots
The pots have been offered as a part of a London exhibition

In addition to hair from strangers, Samms used hair donated by her mom and grandmother, which she defined hyperlinks to the that means behind her work.

This Fable We Make intends to playfully discover the matrilineal relationship between 5 generations of ladies in Samms’ household who all dyed their hair crimson as an intimate household custom.

As a pure redhead herself, the artist described how she poetically continues the custom with no need to dye her hair.

“This physique of labor displays a deeper unconscious – I’d even name it an obsessive illustration of matrilineal connection – and the familial ‘myths’ we consciously or unconsciously undertake to speak our love for others,” stated Samms.

Pots by Samms
This Fable We Make explored a hair-dyeing custom within the artist’s household

In keeping with this theme, the artist bleached and dyed the donated hair totally different shades of auburn, which was additionally used to type Huge Mom – a big tapestry offered within the exhibition.

Her design course of concerned tying the hair into bunches earlier than it was colored, after which she washed it in her personal bathtub and finally sewed or formed it onto pots or into the tapestry.

“Generally simply making ready the hair alone took a few days,” mirrored Samms.

Big Mother by Anouska Samms
A tapestry and an accompanying movie have been additionally included within the present

Whereas the artist selected to include hair into her pots in reference to her household’s distinctive custom, she defined how she crafted the vessels from clay because of the materials’s related malleability and organicness.

“There may be additionally potential for disgust and bodily horror in the usage of disembodied human hair – one other humorous nod on the purity and absurdity of mom and daughter trade,” concluded Samms.

Anoushka Samms clay pots
Clay was used for its malleability

The exhibition was curated by the V&A museum’s curator of digital design Natalie Kane whereas the present’s technical producer Greg Bradlaugh created the plinths from deserted wooden that he discovered and coated in white plaster.

Different designs which might be made out of human hair embody a textile by analysis studio Pareid that was created to measure city air pollution and a biodegradable stool by Oksana Bondar known as Wiggly.

The images is by Benjamin Swanson.

This Fable We Make occurred at SET Studios in Lewisham, London, from 20 Could to 1 June 2022. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an up-to-date listing of structure and design occasions happening around the globe.

Challenge credit:

Artist: Anouska Samms
Natalie Kane
Technical Producer: 
Greg Bradlaugh


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