i’m jealous of melanie bilenker

Brooches, rings and pendants that capture quiet, domestic moments delicately illustrated using human hair. Wait… what?! Yep, jewelry designer/artist Melanie Bilenker has actually used her own hair to create this these lovely pieces. Thankfully she has a section on her website to explain exactly how she does this {because I could not figure it out on my own}:

“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 remnants.”






comments (4)

  1. Tania @ Passport2Design /// 12.01.2010 /// 7:00am

    I love the line work in these drawings. They are beautiful! I can’t even believe they are made from human hair, it’s so bizarre.

    *Tania @ Passport2Design.com

  2. the jealous curator /// 12.01.2010 /// 7:27am

    i know – they’re so well done! i loved them even before I found out the hair part… that was just icing on the cake! ; )

  3. STACEY LEE WEBBER /// 04.21.2011 /// 4:16pm

    I’d love your feedback on my work! Your blog is always informative and brings great new artists to the blogger world!
    Thanks for checking out my site,
    -Stacey
    http://www.staceyleewebber.com

    Into my heart’s treasury
    I slipped a coin
    That time cannot take
    Nor a thief purloin, -
    Oh better than the minting
    Of a gold-crowned king
    Is the safe-kept memory
    Of a lovely thing.

    -Sarah Teasdale (1884-1933)

    Stacey Lee Webber is a Philadelphia based artist who finds unique ways to recontextualize objects from blue collar neighborhoods. Webber’s sculptures embody a refined aesthetic and challenge the conventional possibilities of everyday materials. Through her investigations, Webber’ celebrates working class families which make up the heart of American culture.

  4. the jealous curator /// 04.21.2011 /// 7:56pm

    very cool stacey! thanks for the link : )