HairBrained at PPL: Victorian Hairwork Workshop with Master Jeweler Karen Bachman

The 19th century Victorian Era was a time rife with sentimental culture. Due to disease, war, and high childhood mortality, death rates were high. Queen Victoria herself became an unlikely fashion …

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The 19th century Victorian Era was a time rife with sentimental culture. Due to disease, war, and high childhood mortality, death rates were high. Queen Victoria herself became an unlikely fashion icon, immersing herself in mourning after the deaths of both her husband, Prince Albert, and her mother in 1861. Along with her mostly black wardrobe, she was widely known for wearing mourning jewelry, which contained hair of a loved one inside.

Victorian hairwork became very popular in both jewelry and shadowbox form in the 19th and early 20th centuries, transforming the concept of a wearable human relic into a fashion statement.

In this workshop, participants will learn to create wire-work and palette worked hair items that would be used in shadowbox creation. We will be working with copper wire and horsehair to form intricate twists and braiding that can be manipulated in various ways to form flowers, leaves, berries, and other shapes. Participants will be able to make an item suitable for mounting in a frame, or wearing as a brooch or hairclip. All materials, including horsehair, will be provided by instructor. Participants are welcome to bring human hair if they like!

LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS. COST IS $75. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.