Open Source Afro Hair Library

Open Call
for 3D Artists

H. D.


    Season 2 of the Open Source Afro Hair Library Fellowship has arrived!

    The Open Source Afro Hair Library is a queer, feminist, pro-black resource for 3D models of Black hair textures and styles. OSAHL Fellows receive a $2000 stipend to design their own series of Black hair models, in collaboration with OSAHL director A.M. Darke. Our Spring residency runs from May 1st to June 20th and artists are expected to complete their 3D model series within that time. To be considered, please submit your application by April 18th 11:59 PT.

    Please check all the skills that apply.

    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. Let us know if you share these goals and why you're interested in building this community.*

    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?*

    We want to see what you're thinking about this year's theme of Tonic Masculinity. Who and what is inspiring your idea of masculinity? Tell us a bit about the kind of series you'd like to design.

    Please share a paragraph about your concept and some images (think a mood-board, sketches, reference imagery). We don't need anything fleshed out, but we do want a sense of your inspiration, as well as your aesthetic and philosophical intent. If linking to a google presentation please make sure permissions are turned on*

    Who was out of pocket, Will Smith or Chris Rock?*

    Submissions are currently closed.

    NOTE: Scroll down past the FAQ section to see confirmation of your submitted application!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where can I learn more about the Open Source Afro Hair Library?

    Read about the project and A.M. Darke's research here and here.
    Follow project updates at @afrohairlibrary.

    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. You can see examples from previous OSAHL fellows on Twitter and from our 2021 Residency.

    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 for Blackness that can be translated into virtual space within the residency period.

    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]