Melanie Bilenker is an American artist that works with human hair. She is inspired by the Victorian tradition of keeping a locket of hair and miniature portrait of a lost loved one. Instead of formal portraits, she recreates mundane moments by drawing with her own hair. Melanie's creations are small format, secured under resin, and mainly jewelry pieces (brooches, rings, pendants).
Drawing a Bath
Delving further into the Victorian trend, we found amazing examples of this fascinating work. All kinds of jewelry was created with the hair of dead people. It was not considered creepy, but rather a sign of mourning.
With the easy access to human hair now a days, we think it would be cool to see embroideries or trims made in it. Or at least some braided horse hair at Ann Demeulemeester.