The Open Source Afro Hair Library (OSAHL) is a feminist, anti-racist database for 3D models of Black hair textures and styles. We’re currently offering fellowships to 3D artists for Spring 2021. OSAHL Fellows receive a $1500 stipend to design their own series of Black hair models, in collaboration with OSAHL creator A.M. Darke. Our Spring residency runs from March 20th to June 1st and artists are expected to complete their 3D model series within that time. To be considered, please submit your application by March 1st 11:59 PST.
Link to Portfolio*
Instagram / Twitter (if you got it)
Please check all the skills that apply.
Hair onlyCharacter BustFull-Body ModelRigged ModelRigged and Animated ModelGame-Ready Model3D Printable Model
The Open Source Afro Hair Library exists for the explicit purpose of depicting Blackness in anti-racist, intersectional feminist, and anti-capitalist ways, while supporting and amplifying the work of Black creators. We are interested in working with folks who share these goals. Let us know why you're interested in contributing to this project.*
Do you have afro-textured, coily, and/or kinky hair? Do you possess an intimate understanding of the shape, movement, body, and unique characteristics of Black hair textures and styles?*
Would you, under any circumstances, put raisins in the potato salad?*
Where can I learn more about the Open Source Afro Hair Library?
Read about the project and A.M. Darke's research here bit.ly/osahl.
And you can follow this thread on Twitter.
What are the expected deliverables?
Typically, artists model 1 character bust and 9 unique hair styles. All models must be painted/textured to be added to the library.
How much experience do I need?
We are set up to work with artists who possess different levels of experience, and prioritize aesthetics/stylization over realism. The most important thing is that you have a deep love and unique vision of Blackness, that can be translated into virtual space within the period of the residency.
How can I donate in support of this project?
We love to see it! You can donate to The Other Lab, an interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist research space for experimental games and new media. Your contribution is tax-deductible and allows us to support artists with paid fellowships and other opportunities. Thank you!
I still have questions, who can I contact?
Hit us up at contact[at]afrohairlibrary.org