Custom Made by Hair Artist Sandi Johnson
Bringing this old art into
Traditional Victorian Design
Using hair from family members with
accent tones of birthstone colors
I pride myself on the craftsmanship of my pieces and when my client's look at the finished art I want it to be as as close as I can get to how they envisioned it when they ordered. I understand the sentiment and love behind these pieces and treat every customer with utmost respect. I work
very closely with my clients and no piece is
finished until the client approves it.
Each piece is created using hair the client provides. Most artwork is placed on a mother-of-pearl back-
ground. When hair is very light or white I will
use a darker background which showcases the hair.
I can create most any image my client requests.
If you email me a picture of what you would like made I can tell you if it can be done using hair techniques. Very little hair is needed to
create most designs.
The sepia technique is almost like painting with finely chopped hair. In this piece the hair was tinted to create the scene.
Palette work uses hair laid flat and cut into shapes to create designs.
Hair flowers can make very large
pieces. The tablework technique
creates intricate woven jewelry.
Hair Art is jewelry and artwork created using hair as the artistic medium. It was created most commonly from the middle ages through the 1800's. It was believed that hair jewelry increased one's love if the piece was made using the hair of the living, and was seen as a way of wearing one's love if the person was deceased.
This is hair that is woven into a basket weave. More than one person's hair can be woven together to create such a piece.
This is a very popular design. It takes slightly longer hair to create.
This is a very popular. It can take hair of most any length to create
Many people choose to use hair from family members and create family pieces to pass down to future generations. Many pieces are made to honor the memory of a loved one.
This is an antique brooch created using the palette technique.
Once people saw the pieces I had created I started getting requests to make something for them.
It has turned into a joyful experience for me to create these special pieces for my clients and know that perhaps someday a child will look at my work and be as enthralled with it as I was with the antique pieces I had seen. I like to think that maybe my work will be the inspiration for someone in the future. I know my pieces are made to last for generations.
I have been fascinated with Hair Art since I was child and saw beautiful Victorian Pieces at the Minnesota State Fair and also the Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. I was absolutely intrigued with the small and intricate pieces of jewelry, and I was in awe of the huge wreaths some of them created using hair from an entire church congregation.
It has interested me ever since and about thirty years ago I decided to learn how to make jewelry for myself using these old techniques. I researched everything I could find on the construction of these pieces and learned from trial and error what worked and what didn't. It fascinated me just to learn and soon became an obsession.
My work has been featured in Images Magazine, Women's Wear Daily Magazine and Mourning Art and Jewelry, a book written by Maureen DeLorme, I participated in Historic Bethlehem Museum's Display of Hair Art
in Bethlehem, PA.