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Ellie Birkhead's Technique Makes Use of Human Hair and Manure

 - Aug 27, 2018
References: designacademy.nl & dezeen
Ellie Birkhead is a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven and she attempts to "forge a future for [the] local industry" in Chiltern Hills through a special brick manufacturing process. To complete her studies at the educational institution, the young creative designs six types of brick that employ materials like human hair from local hairdressing businesses, horse manure from a nearby stable, wool, straw ash, glass bottles and even grain.

The project is entitled 'Building the Local' and it is a clear example of how design can operate on the social scale, allowing individuals and businesses to thrive even if the product is not strongly correlated to the practice. To give an example of the brick manufacturing process, Ellie Birkhead uses the human hair to "make an unfired, fibrous brick known as a stock, which is usually produced [with] straw."