The New Age of Trichology - Harnessing the potential of hair
Human hair is a natural resource that will be increasing in the future since the world population is rapidly rising. The UK alone ‘creates’ around 6.5 million kilograms of human hair waste annually, which mostly ends up in landfills or slowly decays in the environment. This causes several problems for the environment and human health, such as the release of toxic gasses or choking the drainage systems. However, human hair has many valuable properties; it is high in tensile strength, thermal insulation, flexibility, oil-absorption and it’s light weight.
This project explores the pure potential of hair as a raw material, reducing waste, environmental problems and the pressure on other non-renewable materials. The project consists of a range of utilitarian objects and tools that helps create a system all the way from collection through to the end application.
Credits: Film by Jurgen Jacob Lodder, Sound design by Marco Tomesani & Thiago Bon, edit by Jurgen Jacob Lodder. Special thanks to the spinner Diane Fisher and ropemaker Des Pawson.
Project by Sanne Visser. sannevisser.com