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The material we chose was hair and after researching Wearing I realised that her work and hair could be connected by themes playing with the idea of image and people's perception of identity and beauty.

Hair seemed like an interesting material to take inspiration from because of its many different qualities (wavy, spiky, knotted, tangled, delicate etc.)and how much hairstyles vary around the world due to culture and fashion trends. I also wanted to look at hair in a more abstract way instead of just relating it to human hair on the head. It's something which is constantly growing from us; 'an extension of ourselves'. It is often used to indicate people's personal beliefs, social position, gender, age and religion. Hair can be seen as a symbol of strength or protection. It can be real or fake, perhaps in the form of a wig sometimes to form a disguise.

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