ART + CULTURE: Ethereal human hair embroideries by Liyen Chong
Artist Liyen Chong combines craft with the conceptual, creating intricate embroideries out of her own hair and that of others. An artist of Malaysian-Chinese descent, Chong’s work combines various disciplines and media, including text-based graphic design work, ceramics and photography. Her hair embroideries feature recurring motifs including mazes, mythical creatures, and as shown in the works below, skulls and skeletons. They were created by stitching human hair onto white cotton, a painstaking task which “takes a very long time, in a very confined sitting position. Hair is also very different from thread, but it gets easier to work with over time”.