Uncontrollable Hair

A handmade book

This handmade book has been created using the linocut printing technique. It tells a story about about spirits, uncontrollable hair a magic comb and two girls (Abebi and Maisie). What inspired the artist in the creation of this book are the traditions of an African tribe called Himba and a real event that happened to her hair.

Uncontrollable Hair

A gold magic comb
Abebi is carving from some wood at home
when a teenager she becomes
she styles her hair with the magic gold comb
when she finds the perfect guy
her hairstyle goes up in the sky
Abebi becomes a wife
and a baby comes to life
in her new busy home,
she forgets her magic comb
the hair, without any care
went all up in the air
it went crazy
and strangled Abebi
Now, what’s there?
Only the spirit of the hair.

The gold magic comb
travels to another girl’s home
Masie plays without knowing
that with the comb her hair was growing 
very very long her hair becomes
until she breaks the magic comb 
the hair, without any care
went all up in the air
it went crazy
and strangled Masie
Now, what’s there?
Only the spirit of the hair.