Often inspired by architecture, Michael Haase draws on different art forms when it comes to creating his collections. In his NAHA Finalist collection, his beautiful angles, gorgeous color, and soft textures create a seamless harmony, complemented by his makeup and wardrobe choices. Keep reading to learn more about how Michael created his finalist collection and how his styles have changed over the years.
What was the inspiration behind each collection?
It happened quite by accident, I was doing a shoot for my portfolio and the next thing I know, oh, NAHA
Tell us more about you as an artist and how your work has changed over the years.
My evolving as an artist has taken a new course, I feel I’m moving into Dali and Pollock, very strange but quite exciting, my travels have shown me how art throughout the globe has influenced so much around us, I feel our history and the world will guide the way visually and design wise, its growth mentally and inspirationally.
What did you learn about yourself through creating the collection?
Don’t stress over the little stuff, like if makeup didn’t show up, there are always surprises.
What was your biggest focus with each cut?
Clarity for the shape, often I feel fuzzy hair doesn’t win many competitions, but I felt without the center images, with the tendrils, the collection wouldn’t work.
How did color play a role within your collection?
I enjoyed the colors of the collection from the beginning, that’s why I chose the models, each had a grow out and I designed around it, having to cut off enough hair to expose it.
What products/tools did you utilize?
Wella Professionals, GHD Pro, Wella Eimi Styling.
What other forms of art inspire you?
I admire the architecture of different eras, photography, sculpture, music, and travel; I like to be quite global.
How much prep time went into each piece?
There was sketching an idea for the original shoot, then came wardrobe, it was really what will complete technical and artisan mastery visually and still honor the clarity of precise line work and shape.
What was your favorite part about the shoot?
The team, I had invited hairdressers who wanted to work with me to join me and bring in their own models for the shoot, after we were done that’s when I decided to take my three to NAHA.
How did you select your team? Have you worked with them before?
They were all new members.
Where will we find you in Long Beach?!
Cruising and visiting with my fellow competitors and probably buying yet another comb and a few clips, LOL.
What are you looking forward to most about NAHA 2019?!
I am looking forward to the inspiration as usual and to see how the judges, and the world, celebrate our craft. There is always a bit of politics involved today in our lives and we need to work with it, through it, and conquer it, eventually, it will be the work that wins.
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