We are desperately trying to find a way to gift hair jewelery without grossing people out. This is probably the answer.
Piece by Melanie Bilenker
For me, Kate Bush was always a trump card when the tiresome ‘question’ of female artistic genius came up. Before disgust stopped me getting dragged into these skirmishes, I had a ready arsenal of Girl Greats — Patti Smith, Björk, Nina Simone, Delia Derbyshire, Polly Harvey, and so on. And yet, there would often be some caveat why genius eluded my candidates (ripped off Dylan etc). Until we would get to Kate. Female genius? Kate Bush. End of.
Aerial, the first Kate Bush album in a young lifetime (12 years), re-establishes the fact. It is extraordinary — jaw-dropping, no less.
It’s clear Bush is still a force to be reckoned with. The problem, though, with female genius — for many men at least — is that very frequently it is not like male genius. And with its songs about children, washing machines going ‘slooshy sloshy’, Joan of Arc, Bush’s mother, not to mention the almost pagan sensuality that runs through here like a pulse, Aerial is, arguably, the most female album in the world, ever. The artistry here is so dizzying, the ambition and scope so vast, that even the deafest, most inveterate misogynist could not fail to acknowledge it. Genius. End of.
I began this piece by cutting out the inside of the book. I blended the pages into handmade paper & embedded Broccoli, Raddish, and Alfalfa Sprout seeds into the paper. I then re-planted the paper back into the center of the book. The sprouts can then be consumed and continue a cycle of death and rebirth.
I am now selling this piece as a “kit”. Each kit will be made with the same concept performed, and sent with a hollowed book, the seed paper, and a bag of earth!