Today's workshop focused on the various techniques of moulds and model making. So for my project I naturally focused on facial hair moulds using modrock and filling the negative with latex and silicone; or applying silicone directly onto my face. Below is a selection of images from this workshop...I apologise for the awful 'selfie' images...unfortunately there is not much you can do with 3 layers of silicone stuck to your beard! Let me warn you guys...and some women, make sure you slather plenty of Vaseline on your body before you attempt this otherwise you'll have a painful removal! Ladies, I feel your pain!
I have been fascinated by this amazing book recently during my research: Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair, Oldstone-Moore, Christopher, 2016:
‘Why did nature give men – and some women – beards? How did they end up with a band of hair on their cheeks and chins that society requires they scrape off every day? If one hopes to discover the meaning of beards, it makes sense to start with these basic questions. And that will require us to peer into the mist of the evolutionary past. It is tempting to think that beards are a holdover from our much harrier progenitors, that for whatever reason this trait survived as we developed into the naked ape. Yet bonobos, our closet relative in the animal kingdom, lack hair around their mouths – precisely where the human beard grows. It would seem that, if anything, human beings have added hair to their faces, even as they lost it most other places. Even if our ape ancestors had had hairy faces, a question would remain: Why did women lose this hair while men retained it? As it is, a hairy chin and upper lip are virtually unique to the human male.’
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