These were the final embroideries I made with hair. Featuring Sue Upritchard’s grey locks, and my own black hair. To read more about this body of work, scroll down or navigate to the page Mythical Creatures. Or refer to the artist’s book & catalogue, 9, published in 2008. There’s probably a few things floating around the internet about this body of work too.
I began this body of work looking at Chinese motifs extracted from textiles. To the left is the image of a dragon embellishing the coat of a Qing Dynasty court garment, and to the right, a butterfly, renown in the ancient Chinese philosophy story where a man, having dreamed of a butterfly, wakes up to wonder if he is a butterfly dreaming the dream of a man.
The use of hair in these tiny embroideries with my own hair references Victorian mourning jewelry, as well as an ancient Chinese practice of women embroidering images of the Buddha with their own hair as a form of piety.
The Golden Firebird
When they mispronounce my name, this is what I think I look like