Sam James presents hair art at Orbe North Adelaide for SALA Festival

In case you’ve missed all the incredible artwork that’s been going on in our city lately, SALA Festival is well and truly back in Adelaide. Over the years, the festival has evolved into an extensive showcase of Adelaide’s artists across so many mediums. In a first for the festival, hairstylist Sam James has teamed up with local artist, Heather Little, to showcase their work together.

As the owner of Orbe North Adelaide and multi-award winning hairstylist, Sam has had her hair work grace magazine covers and runways multiple times. She recently won Hair Expo’s SA/Tas Hairdresser of the Year with her stunning new collection as well. But seeing her work recognised as art installations is a first for her as well as for SALA, where she is the first hairstylist to exhibit in the festival’s 21 year history.

“The inspiration for the work that I produce for magazine editorials and competitions comes from many places – from art, to architecture to textures,” says Sam. “It is very avant-garde, so I am really very proud to be able to exhibit it at SALA as an artform.”

On the other hand, Heather Little is a local contemporary artist best known for her intricate acrylic work. She enjoys celebrating the natural world by creating her art through beauty, diversity, vibrant colours, textures and imagery, which is evident in the ten acrylic paintings on show at the salon.

“Both our works are colourful and feature interesting detail and texture, so they really complement each other wonderfully in the space,” says Heather. “We’ve had lots of people dropping by the exhibition on a daily basis. In the first 4 days, I was thrilled to sell 3 paintings.”

Orbe’s SALA exhibition runs for the month of August.

ORBE Hair North Adelaide, 40 O’Connell St, North Adelaide.

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