Monday, August 1, 2011

Nico Cat Hair Brooch by Melanie Bilenker

Artist Melanie Bilenker creates stunning pieces of jewelry, amazingly using her own hair to draw memories from her life.

She writes on her website:

"The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnant. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments."

I asked her about this gorgeous cat brooch, and she confirmed that it was made out of cat hair. She tells me, "As long as there have been portraits of people there have been portraits of their pets, recording Nico seemed appropriate."



CATachresis said...

What a very unusual way of doing art!! Very effective.

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