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Hair Brooches: Black

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  • Karin Jones. Hair Brooches: Black. 2012-2013. Image courtesy of the artist
    Karin Jones. Hair Brooches: Black. 2012-2013. Image courtesy of the artist
  • Karin Jones. Hair Brooches: Blonde, Black & Red. 2012-2013. Photo by Scott Lee
    Karin Jones. Hair Brooches: Blonde, Black & Red. 2012-2013. Photo by Scott Lee

Region:
British Columbia
Date: 
2012-2013
Materials:
gold plate, nickel, stainless steel, sterling silver, synthetic hair extensions
Techniques:
braided
Type:
sculpture



Description

Karin Jones explores the ways in which hair can help to form our identities, socially, culturally, and racially. Primarily, she is concerned with the suppression of African hair in favour a “whiter”...

Karin Jones explores the ways in which hair can help to form our identities, socially, culturally, and racially. Primarily, she is concerned with the suppression of African hair in favour a “whiter” look achieved through weaves, extensions and straightening techniques.

Coming from a jewellery background, she chose to use Victorian hair jewellery as a starting point, and began braiding synthetic hair extensions according to complex patterns used in Victorian times in Hair Brooch: Black to question ideas of hair as commodity. Eventually, she chose simple braids to reference Afrocentric hairstyles directly in Hair Brooch: Red. Through this work, she hopes to re-open some of the conversations about African hair as symbol of status and power that were begun in the 1960's with rise of the Afro. Brooches are hand-constructed out of manufactured tubing, with commercial brooch findings. All braiding is done by hand.




Artist Profile

Karin Jones was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and received a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver, Community College in 1993. From 1995-96 Jones apprenticed under...



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