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Why we created ‘INFRINGE’

It’s our way of celebrating hair creatives around the world

Amazingly, my wife Pat and I have worked together for almost 40 years. We’ve got a very close relationship and constantly feed off each other’s ideas. Work blends into our free time, our creative process is continual. Even on ‘downtime’ we’re always thinking about what we can do next.

Three years ago we came up with the idea of creating a platform for our own artistic work. The original thought was the creation of a visual online magazine to show what we do. This seemed the way forward, linking online content to social media.  Very quickly the original concept went beyond the first plan and ‘INFRINGE, An Anthropology of Hair’, was born. Whilst ‘INFRINGE’ is firstly about hair, we wanted to appeal not only to hairdressers, but also artists, photographers and people within the world of beauty and fashion for whom hair is an important aspect of their work.

The anthropology aspect of ‘INFRINGE’ was inspired by our daughter, Alex, who had just completed a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Forensic Anthropology. Whilst the subject struck us as totally ‘off the wall’, talking to her about her studies made us see how cultural developments and differences impact hair, fashion and trends, as well as the wearer. The study of Anthropology looks at the various aspects of humans in societies. Hair is totally relevant to this study and gave us a new perspective to our own work.

We discussed ‘INFRINGE’ for over a year before we actually started to work on the project. Finding the right people to join our team was followed by many hours of brainstorming and research. It took 12 months to finalise the website, the social media pages and, finally, the magazine.  Issue 1 was essentially a complete anthology of the first year of ‘INFRINGE’, containing everything we’d worked on from the very start. The online platform, www.infringe.com is constantly updated with new stories every week, and is always evolving.  Of course, like many hairdressers, I like to see my work in print, and have been delighted with the two beautiful print versions far launched so far – they are something precious to keep, and give the stories and images space to breathe.

We’ve always said you have constantly to progress your work to maintain your own creativity and passion. It’s hard after years doing hair to keep this objective. We’ve certainly learnt that by doing a project so different to anything we’ve done in the past, our passion for hair has been reignited.  It just goes to show, if you keep doing something, but always refresh what you do, you can continue to learn. In pulling together the material for ‘INFRINGE’ we’ve seen hair as a true force and its affect is so strong, culturally, socially and emotionally. ‘INFRINGE’ has been an exciting journey.

The message has definitely changed- or maybe developed- in multi-faceted ways. It’s gone from a personal perspective to a broader look at hair. This is what’s exciting about ‘INFRINGE’. We can take it in any direction we want as we are working without restrictions.

‘INFRINGE’ is aimed at all people whose work includes the medium of hair.  This includes hairdressers, barbers and wigmakers for whom hair is vital to their craft, but also photographers and filmmakers, artists and cultural activists who are challenging perceptions of hair and examining its role in shaping our sense of identity.

‘INFRINGE’ is an ever-evolving process, and some of the sections have evolved organically. Much of the content is created by our team as well as by Pat and myself, often with the help of our son Josh, as well as contributors from across the globe.

The next issue will be available in October.

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