Our ethos is not just an unique selling point, but backed by 1700 + clients and supporters around the World who agrees, that there shouldn't be difference in pricing because of your gender. All we care is creating great hair for our clients.
We are a safe community space where everyone would be listened to side by side, and helped to express how they would like to look as an integral part of their identity.
Barberette is constantly challenging sexist pricing structures and attitudes of salons that impose their own stereotypical ideas of what their clients want.
We actively campaigns for change across mainstream media, such as the BBC, Modern Barber and Marie Claire and is in discussion with national hairdressing organizations and educational establishments to ensure that people of all genders, races and sexualities be made welcome, safe, equal and listened to, side by side in salons.
Barberette also has an active role in the Hackney community running pop-ups and sponsored cuts andshaves for charities such as Indigo, Opening Doors, Stonewall, Scope, Little Princess Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Kith and Kids, Breast Cancer Awareness and homeless charities.
Remember that one? - lost LGBTQ+ venues
This latest project started with the idea that I could make a print of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, since I have been taking part in the Queer Fayre at the RVT for quite a few years and started selling my cards and prints there, as well as going to other events at the RVT quite regularly. It is also an interesting building, so I made the lino cut. It was very popular at the next fayre and I offered the image to the ‘RVT future’ campaign to use if they wanted to.
Over the next few months several people suggested I should also do some other lgbtq+ pubs and clubs, especially ones that were threatened with closure or have been closed.
I am really happy that it is turning into a sort of community history project, with people remembering and suggesting more and more venues that I could make prints of. I want to focus especially on venues and spaces that have fallen victim to rising property prices, ‘regeneration’ and gentrification, pushing our communities out of the cities, and further to the margins.
If you would like to join in with the project, you could write a few sentences about a venue that YOU remember, maybe what you liked about it, an anecdote, etc. on the paper under the pictures. I am planning to do something more with the images, and I might also include people’s contributions, so please put your name, if you don’t mind.
I hope you enjoy looking at the prints and maybe remembering good nights out.
About me and print making
After learning how to do lino cuts at school, I went back to printing on and off over the years, but really re-discovered it for myself a few years ago making a lino cut from an image taken from a friend’s holiday snap of children sitting on the beach. Since then I have been doing commissioned cuts from other photographs, as well as many of my own prints from images I collect when I am out and about.
Collaboration with @project_indigo who runs weekly program for LGBT Youth in Hackney at the Off Centre.
I was invited by lovely Susy, who runs this sessions, to talk about Barberette, being an immigrant, gender neutral pricing in mainstream salons and that following your dreams is worth doing, entire possible and self funded, if you add the hard work.
I left inspired myself by the group and somehow richer. Thank you for having me.
Well, we did it. A really fun and interactive exhibition with lovely people, and a great atmosphere. Big thanks to everyone on the team, and everyone who came along and participated with such good grace and enthusiasm with co-mingling their friends and in the Polaroid community board. Watch this space for an online version, a closing party, and what we'll be doing next. Big Love, Westlake and Barberette
One chair, one month, one barbershop, many stories.
Barberette is at it again with her brilliant ideas. Anyone who gets their hair cut at Red Scissors on a Saturday in January 2013 will find themselves the subject of a lot of attention. A writer, Sarah Westlake will interview them, and when they’re looking sharp, a photographer will take their picture.
When we’re done, we’ll announce a date and venue for a special kind of party. There’ll be an exhibition of the project as well as music, dancing and haircuts.
Together we’ll be finding out how each model is connected, sometimes broadly by community, sometimes narrowly, by a hair’s breadth.