‘The hand grasps the world it creates. In serving its master, it reflects his being, as if through a mirror, in a thousand and one ways’ – Walter Sorell
Even before my passion for the craft of hairdressing began I had always been fascinated by hands. I guess with life in general I find nothing more intriguing than the hidden meaning of the most obvious, and our hands are certainly something we can often take for granted.
As the servant of our bodies and the instrument of our mind, the hand has always been part of our physical and intellectual life. Reacting to every tremor of emotion, responding to outside stimuli faster than we can speak, they are a mystery with which we live and a reality which we use as a tool, and a means of expression.
With hairdressing, like any artist; our tools become an extension of the hands, a channel for pure creativity to flow.
The images below are the outcome of a recent collaboration with Sydney based photographer Byron Spencer, featuring model Alex Thorn.
Conception and hair: Leonard Mattis using Leonard Mattis products
Photography: Byron Spencer
Location: Leonard Mattis Studio
Model: Alex Thorn at IMG Models
INTERVIEW: With Zoe Porter from Iconic and Vintage.
Leonard Mattis has the sexiest hands on earth…
He also happens to be a highly regarded Sydney hair stylist with a super cool studio space that has become the local hub HQ of artistic show-casing. This entrepreneurial, softly spoken creative has some exciting irons in the fire and it seems like the boy from London’s East End won’t be twiddling his thumbs any time soon.
Read the full interview here
Regular brushing plays an important part in the condition of your hair. Brushing cleans the hair and stimulates the scalp, increasing the blood flow to the roots.
Sebum – A natural conditioning oil, comes from a gland at the base of every hair. Brushing spreads this natural oil along the length of your hair, giving it strength, volume and a healthy shine.
Image: Actress Gena Rowlands on ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ (1964)
‘Like any artist, our tools become an extension of the hands. A pathway for pure creativity to flow’ – Leonard Mattis
Photographed by Kylie Coutts
‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts’ – Extract from ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare.
Throughout history The Muse has been the constant companion to The Artist. Kiki de Montparnasse, Patti Smith, Edie Sedgwick – all contemporary embodiments of this elusive spirit.
For some time, good friend and Sydney based artist Lexi Land has been my own muse. A dynamic heroine with a flamboyant style and her own fiery talent.
For me, the creative process is about nurturing and bringing to life what comes through me. There is no set agenda or outcome. It’s a feeling. A feeling that moves me and has to be set free.
Lexi’s process holds a similar philosophy. A few months ago I asked her if she would be interested in being the subject for a concept I had been working on. She agreed and the collaborative process began.
And so here are the results.
Photographed by Kiki Sjoberg at Leonard Mattis Studio
Corsetry by Joucelen Gabriel
Lexi Land’s annual solo exhibition opens at the studio in October this year.
The memoirs of Leonard Autie, often referred to as Monsieur Leonard. Celebrated and loyal hairdresser to Queen Marie Antionette.
Leonard was entrusted with the sole responsibility of ensuring that the queen’s coiffure was at its most ostentatious best. Accredited with inventing the pouf or beehive style that symbolised the excessiveness of the court at Versailles during the better part of her reign, his memoirs relay the many roles he played in the life of his most famous client.
Although the authenticity of the text is debated it certainly makes for a great read.
Recollections of Leonard. View online edition