BA Jewellery student Kerry Howley won MoDA's (Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture) Arthur Silver Award for 2011 for her innovative necklace pieces – made entirely from human hair.
Kerry, who received a cheque for £1000, took inspiration from damask wallpaper patterns from MoDA’s collections to create the unique pieces.
“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,” said Kerry Howley.
“Through the familiar form of a necklace, and using patterns and symmetry that we instinctively find aesthetically pleasing, I hoped to create a delicate balance between the viewer/wearers feelings of aversion and attraction.”
Head of Art & Design, Phil Healey, said the standard of entries this year was extremely high but the judges were impressed by Kerry's imaginative use of both MoDA's collections as inspiration, and hair as a medium for her work.
Certificates were also presented to Marly Zohrehie, Fashion & Textile, and Aleksandrina Tozeva, Graphic Design, for highly commended work.
The Arthur Silver Award, generously funded by descendants of Arthur Silver and MoDA's other supporters, are held annually for final year Middlesex University Art & Design undergraduate students that best demonstrate that their work has been inspired by the museum’s collections.
To see the winning entry and for more information about the Arthur Silver Award visit MoDA's website.