Leather, feathers, body paint, moss, wood staff, and 96 feet of hair, welcome to the Sheela Na Gig.
Thursday, April, 27th Union participated in the event, "The Hair Affair" hosted by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. It was our first time creating a model for the event and we couldn't be happier with the experience. Our model Jenni, was turned into the Sheela Na Gig, Goddess of Sexuality & Fertility. With this in mind, we saw her as strong and fearless. Wearing only a leather skirt, she comes from the earth covered in moss, leaves, dirt, and holds her head high with a mountain of braids atop her head, cascading down her chest. She walks with a large staff, commanding in her presence.
The experience to work as a team and prep a vision to come to life was both stressful and exciting. Seeing Jenni walk down the runway that night cheering her on in her own powerful, strong body we were like ten little mothers watching our daughter in her first event (of whatever she decides).
The event happens every other year and benefits the Museum's free exhibitions and educational classes. The models stood on a platform throughout the night for guests to get up close and see the hard work of each participating salon.
Jenni ended up having 25 pounds of extra weight added to her frame for the entire night. The other models had just as much if not more. The idea is to go extravagant while creating with hair as much as possible. This is a celebration of the "Art of Hair". It was fun to watch each model take over her character as she walked the runway. Jenni walked proud and strong. The Sphinx glided across the runway as if she were flying with her wings. The Banshee crept across the runway while pausing near guests with her black fingers and long silver fingernails caressing their cheek. Each model acted out their role and it was incredible.
If you have never attended the Hair Affair, I suggest you go just to witness the creativity, the excitement and of course the party.