HAIR BY HOOD
Alix Bizet’s project is a development of an existing project, Hair Matter(s), in which she proposes human hair as a design medium.
Exploring anthropological themes, Alix’s ambition is to initiate discussion through the material she collects. Exploring London by postcodes and through its local communities, she engages diverse groups of people in the use of hair as a practical material and the ethics of its use. Her collaborative approach examines the idea of ownership, reframing her role as a designer. She employs traditional textile techniques, such as wet-felting transforming the hair into a pliable sheet material. She tests other techniques and treatments to alter its appearance and therefore influence the reaction to the textile.
Alix’s participatory method of working engages different groups, creating debate around social customs. She investigates the connotations of our hairstyles, questioning cultural perceptions and identities associated with hair types. Crafted with hair fibres the final garments represent the stories and cultures woven into the social fabric of a diverse city,