Wednesday, July 14, 2010

12:38 p.m.

Nagi Noda does everything. Books, music videos, bleeding toys, shopping bags. However, her hats are beautifully weird beyond words. With a couture and runway quality, they pair well with Chanel's ice forests and woodland creatures. Definitely not without The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe meets David Bowie vibe, Nagi Noda's hair hats are imagination realized.

It's the very ordinary medium she uses that makes her subjects – sometimes just a domesticated pup — seem exotic. Using human hair, she shapes her creatures into fiery elephants or a raven-colored elk. It looks as if she sculpts up and away from her models' heads, but the hats are flawlessly detachable (and available for purchase).

Rather than a 12-point rack over the mantle, leather jackets or goatsmilk, Nagi Noda turns the use of animal upside down, employing our own hair to create the creatures we covet, kill and consume.

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