Most people see hair as a waste after they cut them in salons but yet why do people not see animals fur or birds feather as waste? Instead, we use them as clothing pieces for textures and prints, jackets, pillows and floor rugs.
Therefore, i decided to work with HUMAN HAIR that are cut away and left on the floor in salons and critique on hair as waste since no one actually use hair for anything purposeful. I mean, even hair extensions and wigs are mostly not made out of real human hair, they are either synthetic fibres or horse hair (another animal!!)
Then, i thought of the fact that people go for hair for hope to shave their heads for a purposeful reason but yet the hair itself is a WASTE in the end cause nobody would actually collect hair. Despite the fact that hair is something somewhat significant to hairdressers just cause they do it for a living, the hair they cut everyday are ultimately thrown away as a waste as well.
Thus, i decided to make a pillow for this conceptual object cause it is mainly something we lie on everyday when we sleep, and since we don’t mind lying on goose feather pillow or cotton, why not lie on HAIR??
For material wise, i wanted something that is clear so as to directly show people that yes, its a pillow that has hair inside. Therefore, i chose to use a plastic material since if cloth is being used, the hair would all pass through the cloth and it wont stay inside the cloth. Plus, by using plastic, it kinda looked like those inflatable pillows we buy which is initially what i wanted to use but then i couldn’t find clear ones, it’s all either coloured or patterned… And besides, the small hole for us to inflate the pillow wouldn’t be able to fit hair into it either.
Making a pillow seemed too simple although the process of sealing the freaking plastic together and making sure it stays is damn hard especially when hair keeps sipping through the tiny holes. I only manage to seal when i add lesser hair into the plastic.
Then, to make it look not so easy and simple, i decided to make 2 covers for the pillow WITH MORE HAIRRRR!! These are some of the pictures i captured during the process:
for the pillow, to give it more form and shape inside so that it doesn’t look like a chunk of hair, i threw in pony tails directly and i tried to braid it as well.
a GIF for my end product! :))
Overall, pretty satisfied and i had fun with this project! :))