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Throne of Projections. Hair Chair. 2024.

This chair is made of cardboard, fabric, foam, paper clay, wigs, and wood. It is entirely covered in handsewn purple hair with black resin paws. The personification of its design communicates the power of perceived appearance and its influence on personal identity. All its components have been carefully tailored to a specific reference of my own shifting experiences, in this case it's allusion to my many phases of purple hair that assisted in my identity journey. The use of hair is representative of the constant state of natural growth we exist within, while simultaneously manipulating ourselves to appear a certain way. This stands as a concession that appearance affects how you engage with the world around you. Our bodies are our own while also being a platform for others associations, narratives, and thoughts. This portrays identity as subjective, dynamic, and relative to the world around it. Although the self is conceived as personal, your experience is inseparably sculpted by the image you project. However, within this acknowledgement we are also called to feel a sense of kinship and respect towards our own authenticity.  Through this process we are able to embrace identity as a form of genuine expression and creative discovery. The piece provokes the viewer to contemplate how others' perception of identity informs their own experience and how we might find authentic connection through self reflection and community. 

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Starting off, I knew this project would demand a lot of materials and so I thought it would be more sustainable and affordable if I started from an already made structure. I thrifted this old chair for around $10 with only a few requirements in mind: generally wide, made of wood, and armrests. This chair met all three and so I started sketching and measuring out my ideal frame.

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Now that I had my measurements, I went shopping for supplies and built my frame; making sure to fill in the holes where the armrests once were and leaving enough depth in my frame for a foam filling.

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Next step was filling in any gaps (front and back) with an upholstery foam and then wrapping in batting. These steps ensured a comfortable,  consistent form.

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I measured out my chairs faces and made paper templates that I would then cut and sew to fit the form. I used a fabric that was the same color as the hair would be so that if the hair moved, it would still be purple and blend in fine.

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Once the chair was covered in purple fabric, I was finally able to start sewing on the 32 wigs I had ordered. To ensure I was maximizing the surface area I wanted to cover, I cut each wig down the center part so that I could sew the wigs in strips. Once sewn, I would braid each wig so they wouldn't tangle whilst I worked

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While working on the chairs cover, I simultaneously sculpted and resined some feet. The feet are crafted from cut up pool noodles and paper clay. I spent several days sanding down the forms smooth until I finally covered them in resin and applied them to the chairs feet.

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All that was left was unbraiding all the wigs and brushing everything together for a seamless finish!

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