The University of the arts

Victorian Hairwork
The University of the Arts

CE 1558N 01 Victorian Hairwork

CE 1558N 01

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Nicole Barrick



Summer 2018

  • (Jun. 7 to Aug. 9)
  • Thu 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • (Jul. 30)
  • Mon 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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  • Tuition: $330 / Fees: $30
In this course, students will learn two Victorian Hair Art techniques- the art of making hair wreaths. Hair wreaths are made by twisting and weaving hair into flowers, leaves and loops. You will also learn some of the history of Victorian mourning hair art, as well as the significance of hair in other cultures. We will make connections to contemporary artists who use hair, as well as how the concepts behind Victorian hair work are relevant today.

Course Overview

Each class will be divided between a lecture/ discussion, demonstration and in-class work.

Course Objectives/Learning Objectives

• Learn techniques to create hair flowers.

• Learn palette work, or drawing with hair.

• Learn history about Victorian hair work, as well as importance of hair in some cultures and art.
• Make at least two finished pieces- one sculptural and one two dimensional .

Readings + Links to other content

Literature: Required Readings will be supplied by the instructor

Recommended but not Required:
• Hair-work and Other Ladies Fancy Work [1876], Mrs. C.S. Jones & Henry T. Williams
• The Art of Hair Work:  Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment, Mark Campbell
• Collector’s Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry, C. Jeanenne Bell

The Lock of Hair [1872], Alexanna Speight


Bring a sketchbook (for notes, planning projects and idea sketching)

Supplies to be discussed the first night:

Collect or buy hair-  can be collected from friends, relatives, hair salons or barber shops or buy hair from a wig shop or online (extensions are the most affordable).

Knitting needles- different sizes are preferable, but you will definitely want a size 3 or 4

26 gage wire - black (other colors if wanted)

Exacto knife- blade #18 & #19

Small paintbrush



• Optional:

Small table hands free magnifier