PROCESS

Counting Hair

Weaving Process

Customized Details

Braiding jewellery with hair is a vanishing hand craft with a very labour intensive process. Since this artistry is almost forgotten all of the needed tools are improvised and the books on braiding patterns hard to find. To illustrate the process for you and to give you an idea how much work goes into a piece I made a little video series.  

•PROCESS VIDEO No1•
Counting hair. 1, 2,3,... I'm not a very pedantic person but for an even and perfect braid I up my precision and count each hair. Afterwards all those tiny bundles of hair are knotted to tiny weights -by hand- which go on a weaving loom called "Jatte". And then you braid like a mofo.

•PROCESS VIDEO No2• 

Dancing the dance of the hair braid. Ok, I have to admit, it's quite a repetitive dance and even though this video is mainly a time-lapse video of only the last bit of the braid, it's a tat ... ehm... boring. No sugarcoating that one. Nonetheless: enjoy! And yes, it's a labour- intensive craft but it's so rewarding to have the finished piece in the hands and see the transformation from a bundle of#700strandsofhair to a piece of very personal jewellery. Get's me every time

• PROCESS VIDEO No 3•
The devil is in the detail.... that's why I make my own tiny details rather than going for store bought closures. These are the silver details for a pair of customized earrings which I oxidized. I just love the transformation of the shiny silver to the oxidized matt black ⚫️

HOW TO COLLECT HAIR

I have been asked frequently how much hair I need to make a simple braid. If you belong to those who don't want to radically cut off your long locks but badly want a commissioned piece, fret no more because here is my secret trick to collect hair. No one will even notice some strands went missing with this cheeky technique: 

Come visit me at the SIERAAD ART FAIR 2015 in AMSTERDAM

I will exhibit at this years SIERAAD Art Fair in Amsterdam among other talented designers at the Medical Pavilion, a pavilion dedicated to jewellery related to healing. Come and visit me in the beginning of november and have a closer look at the pieces I create. 

Here is a short statement by the organizers about this special pavilion:

Whether you yourself wear something because you believe in its healing and protective properties: since time immemorial jewellery has been used against all kinds of disorders. In the ‘medical pavilion’ you will find our own First Aid Station with a healthy dose of thematic jewellery!

With work of Ruudt Peters, Paul Derrez, Christiane Wiechert, Francesca Gabrielli, Jillian Moore, Josefine Mass, Melissa Cameron & Jill Hermans, Dania Chelminsky, Sybille Paulsen, Evelien Sipkes, Nora Rochel, Ying Chen, Uli Rapp, Margo Huisman en Juan Harnie.