Hair plays a large factor in the black community. Going back hundreds of years, black hair has been burned, permed, cut, lyed and dyed. It's been insulted, ridiculed, and viewed as no less than comparable to that of animal fur. However, Black hair, has been treasured, adored, marveled, and at times, been respected as nothing less, than that of a crown. It has acted and acts, now, as a connection to ones identity and a connection to ones roots.
This project, By the Root, is to focus on the Black identity and hairs' connection to it. Working with men, women, children and the like, I've enlisted, family, friends, mentors, artists, designers and what have you in bringing this conversation piece to life in the acknowledgement and celebration of Black hair.