Research and process development:
Fabio Hendry & Martijn Rigters
‘The Colour of Hair’ aims to create a sustainable surface altering process through the use of the natural and abundant material of hair. The developed process uses human hair to create surface treatments and decoration on diverse metals. By considering hair as a useful material rather than a material to evoke distasteful emotion, ‘The Colour of Hair’ proposes controlled and sustainable printing wonders.
Drawing inspiration from traditional ceramic techniques, the
process uses human hair to create a surface treatment and
decorative patterns on a diverse range of metals. By applying
the hair to a carefully heated surface, the material carbonises
instantly and acts as a form of ink that has similarities to
etching and anodising. This reaction is caused by the hair’s
main protein, keratin. The transformation during this process
is permanent and durable.