Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Art, Artisan, Artistry- Huang Xin & The Human Hair

If you have not heard of Huang Xin, he is the artisan who built the miniature Tiananmen Square entirely out of his customers' hair.

Huang Xin is a hairdresser from China and in his spare time after work, he scooped up his customers' hair, dye it and then use it to make sculptures, toys and monuments.

It is reported that he only uses women hair because it is softer. He usually have to wait for months before he can collect enough hair to build something. He washes, dyes and then glues the hair into paper before he uses it to craft.

Huang's Tiananmen measures 2 ft 10 inches long, 1 ft wide and 2 ft high. It is made with 11 kg worth of hair and US$71 worth of dye.

Huang will make your portrait out of your own hair if you fancy. He thinks that portraits made with hair will last longer. What do you think?

And speaking of artisan, Treewizard Chris and I went shopping for my Dremel on Sunday. It was a significant moment, that "ka-ching" of the cash register when I made the purchase. For it marked the next milestone for me in miniature making. I am finally going to drill, saw and dremel..(wow!)..just like the other artisans.

By the way, I soldered for the 1st time on Sunday too, albeit with a little help from my dad but just a little. My lights in the tent are working again although my switch is not. I am still mighty pleased. It's just a matter of time...


  1. Dremel is a great tool. Although I do not use it much for sheer lack of space LOL, I love it. When walter presented it to me I was happier than when he gave me the engagemen ring. But he needs not to know ;o))Have great fun Hugs

  2. Hola!!!!!!!!!!!Me ha encantado pasarme por tu blog y ver tantas maravillas.besitos ascension