When our morning wash turns from a shower into a shower-foot-bath hybrid, we know it’s time to reach our fingers deep into the drain and yank out a big old ball of wet hair. Ick with a capital “I”. We then toss that sopping glob of fallen strands in the trash, never to be seen or thought of again.
But that’s not what artist Lucy Gafford does. The Alabama-native saves her hair and carefully places them into intricate designs, the results of which only sound a bit stomach-turning. The reality is, they’re a delicate display of how art can be crafted from many, many mediums, including, yes, even the hair we lose in the shower.
“Anyone with long hair can probably tell you, when you shower it, it gets caught in you fingers, [so you] put it on the wall. Then you have this big mass of hair string on the wall,” says Gafford in a YouTube clip about her artwork. Been there, done that.
So far, Gafford has created over 400 works of hair art–417 to be exact. The latest is a handsome crawfish, which makes sense given it’s a staple in southern cuisine.
Some of her designs are timely, too. Like this one she made of Donald Trump.
They’re impressively detailed, sometimes taking up to an hour and a half to complete. We wouldn’t even be able to draw this cornucopia with a pencil let alone place hairs ever so perfectly.
Gafford is actually a painter and sculptor by trade, and this whole hair art thing started as a joke. But people seemed to be into the unique medium, and so she’s continued.
While we’re pretty sure we’ll continue to throw away the shower hair glob, Gafford’s work is inspiring. Maybe we’ll start with some string first…