Human hair necklaces to wow at New Designers


Student Kerry Howley’s jewellery inspired by wallpaper patterns.

A Middlesex University jewellery student will unveil an unusual take on organic jewellery at New Designers later this month, with a collection made from human hair.

Student Kerry Howley from Cambridge will exhibit her necklaces at the New Designers graduate show at the Business Design Centre in London.

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Howley created the necklaces using hair from the head of her mother’s friend, and has taken inspiration from the intricacies and details of wallpaper for her flowing designs.

To create each piece and weave the hair, Howley used broken saw blades. The designs have already attracted the attention of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, who awarded Howley its Arthur Silver Award for 2011.

Howley designed the jewellery to demonstrate that people can feel opposing emotions about the same material, depending on where they see it. She said: “The necklaces are made of human hair, a material we are familiar with and take pride in. However, once off of the body it becomes an innate source of aversion. I wanted to see if I could make discarded hair attractive again. I hoped to create a delicate balance between feelings of aversion and attraction.”

Howley’s work will be on show alongside work from other Middlesex University jewellery students at New Designers 2011, from June 29.


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