Date: Saturday, May 2nd.
Time: 11 – 6 PM (with one hour lunch break)
Admission: $150 (Includes admission to The Morbid Anatomy Museum )
This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum (New Location) : 424A 3rd Ave
Corner of 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
In this edition of our popular Victorian hair art class, master jeweler and art historian Karen Bachmann will teach students two traditional Victorian hair art techniques: palette working, or arranging hair in artful swoops and curls; and wire work, in which hair is looped tightly around wires to create three dimensional flowers and wreaths.
The day-long length of the workshop will allow students to delve more deeply into the world of Victorian hairwork, an enormously popular form of commemorative art that began in the late 17th century and reached its zenith during the Victorian Era. Hair, either of someone living or deceased, was encased in metal lockers or woven to enshrine the human relic of a loved one. This class revisits a modern take on the genre.
Students are requested to bring with them to class their own hair, fur, or feathers; all other necessary materials will be supplied. Hair can be self-cut, sourced from barber shops or hair salons (who are usually happy to provide you with swept up hair), from beauty supply shops (hair is sold as extensions), or from wig suppliers. Students will leave class with their own piece of hair jewelry and the knowledge to create future projects.
Karen Bachmann is a fine jeweler with over 25 years experience, including several years on staff as a master jeweler at Tiffany & Co. She is a Professor in the Jewelry Design Dept at Fashion Institute of Technology as well as the School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute. She has recently completed her MA in Art History at SUNY Purchase with a thesis entitled Hairy Secrets:… In her downtime she enjoys collecting biological specimens, amateur taxidermy and punk rock.