‘Haircuts of Hackney’ showcases borough’s diversity

'Haircuts of Hackney' Man bun Pic: Daniel Frost

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ Man bun Pic: Daniel Frost

It is already becoming the encyclopaedia of hipster hairstyles. From the high top to pig tails, artist Daniel Frost’s new book ‘Haircuts of Hackney’ illustrates the creativity of personal style in Hackney.

“I like the theme of it being an encyclopaedia. It’s a nice way of looking at it,” Frost said. While he didn’t start off with the idea of crafting an encyclopaedia, it has already begun making rounds with hairstylists in the community since its launch at the end of May.

'Haircuts of Hackney' London Fields Pic: Daniel Frost

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ London Fields Pic: Daniel Frost

“It was nice to see people had connected with it. I’m happy people like it,” Frost said.

The point of the book, Frost said though, is to showcase the diversity of Hackney.

“I like the idea of being able to capture something of someone’s personality in simple shapes,” Frost said.

In the colourful 36 illustrated images that come in a foldout style book, Frost showcases the culture, expression and personality within Hackney.

Frost said: “The high top is my favourite. It was my second painting and I liked how bold it was. It gave me confidence in this project.”

The inspiration for the book came from Frost’s daily painting project. Each morning on the way to his studio, Frost said, he would discover something to paint to start the day off with something new.

“I would make a small painting to generate ideas. I would paint a 10-by-10 centimetre painting every day as a way for me to start making bolder and simpler work,” Frost said.

'Haircuts of Hackney' Beard Pic: Daniel Frost

‘Haircuts of Hackney’ Beard Pic: Daniel Frost

Over six months, in partnership with Hoxton Mini Press, Frost observed and crafted colourful illustrations of the popular hairstyles around Hackney.

“The colours came out beautifully,” Frost said.

Among the colourful illustrations are the well-known man bun, what has been dubbed the ‘beardway market,’ the hippie-inspired ‘London Fields’ flower crown, and the ‘American tourist’ ponytail style.

“All these characters, all together, gives you a view of Hackney,” Frost said.

Originally from Staffordshire, Frost said after moving to London seven years ago to attend the Royal College of Art, Hackney is still one of his favourite places to live. He describes Hackney as having a “nice energy” that encourages creativity.

“I love the freedom… People are allowed to express themselves [in Hackney],” Frost said.

The book is available through the Hoxton Mini Press online store for £12.95.

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