An Eerie Happening...

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2015. Banshee Cardigan Strand. (Digital photograph) Collection of the artist

The strangest thing happened to me today, I will explain...
This week I needed to buy a new cardigan and with my busy schedule I didn't have the time to go out shopping and look for one, so I did what many other people do and I looked online. I found the perfect red cardigan and ordered it. It arrived promptly and I washed it as I do with all new clothing before I wear. Whilst hanging it out to dry in the gorgeous sunshine today I noticed what I thought was a stray piece of dark string that appeared to be caught around a button. Upon closer inspection and to my complete horror, I realised that it was a very dark strand of human hair (yes, after all this time working with human hair, it still makes me gag) . Worse still, it was not one of my own hairs, as I have recently had it all chopped off and the strand was too long and dark to be mine. I unbuttoned the cardigan to try to release the hair from around the button, only to discover it has actually been sewn into the button hole. I immediately grabbed my camera and started to photograph this. It seems so strange to me that this has happened to me of all people. Yes, I am sure these things happen from time to time, but as you are probably well aware, I have been reading about hair theoretically, scientifically and researching generally into human hair for a long time. Not to mention my interest into the cultural beliefs that surround hair and the transition that occurs when hair goes from attached to detached resulting in judgmental changes from beautiful to abject. So, to have this happen to me of all people seems a little poetic, or maybe I am reading too much into it? The photographs I have taken just happen to bare resemblance to the Banshee series of photographs I made a couple of years ago. It is all so convenient, as red has been a recurring colour in my work and I am quite taken aback by these coincidences, take a look for yourselves...

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2015. Banshee Cardigan 1. (Digital photograph). Collection of the artist

Lara Mumby-Croft. 2013. Banshee Series #111. (Digital photograph). Collection of the artist

 

The last three months I have struggled to make new work, due to lots of overtime at my job, but now it looks like I may have some free time coming up to make new work. I feel this couldn't have happened at a better time and I feel strangely inclined to work on this. In the last month I have also started writing about a subject heavily related to human hair, so I am looking forward to adding this entry to my second chapter. I look forward to making some new work and putting those three months of thinking into some physical work for people to contemplate... watch this space! I am not finished with hair, or maybe hair is not finished with me?