You were asked to exhibit these at New Zealand Fashion Week, how did that come about? Some of the pieces began their life at NZFW 2016 in a hair runway show, Exhibit. It was a great privilege as some of my favourite New Zealand hairdressers were also taking part. We basically had five minutes of runway time to do what we wanted; we had complete control from the music to the choreography, models, lighting, styling and of course – the hair. I only have a small team so the idea of fabricating the pieces beforehand came about. Prior to the Exhibit show I had spent most of my spare time outside of the salon manipulating and creating hair pieces. So pre-show I was fully prepared and there was no stress on the day – everything fell into place perfectly.
Your salon has been recycling its waste for a while – is sustainability in the industry something you feel strongly about? I first got into the sustainability thing through thinking about my sustainability as a hairdresser. That meant getting rid of harmful chemicals and really thinking about my body posture and what my team and I are exposed to at work. At Fabrik we are completely ammonia-free and I never have any body aches or any reactions from chemical exposure. All the recycling and ethical product sourcing is purely down to my wife and business partner Tracey. We have a great little team and we all work together to create a sustainable, stress-free, fun working environment for ourselves and our clients.
What is next for you and Fabrik? I’m looking at exhibiting these pieces in a local gallery here in Hamilton. I’m also in the process of making them into hair propaganda posters with another collaborator and graphic designer friend. The idea is still young and in the early stages. I’m also about to start a new shoot where I’m going to make everyday house hold items out of hair. I have a great space at home that is purely set up for me to make hair pieces where I can listen to music, drink beer and get creative! Professionally, working with our amazing suppliers that share the same ethos as ourselves — through their education we like to keep our team ahead of the hair game and ensure we have the best products and techniques to offer our clients.