Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos have been talking to me about Chinatsu for probably as long as I’ve known them so I was very happy to finally meet her and to watch her work at the 23rd edition of the festival d’Hyeres.
DP:How did you get into hair in the first place?
CN: i wanted to be a hair stylist since i was 6 years old. after i graduated in my small home town in Japan from Hair Dressing College i decided to go Tokyo to be professional HAIR_STYLIST but there was nothing that i would love to make and create as just a salon stylist and the work was not inspiring me, at all. at that time, it pretty much felt like I was losing my mind, even who I was, as a person… that’s when I decided to come to NYC, by myself. where, little by little, I found myself again.. here i was able to develop myself and find out who i am. Meeting amazing people like Miguel and Graham was essential in that process, to grow into my dream that I had since I was a little girl, of becoming a hairstylist.
DP:Do you think of hair as a form of sculpture?
DP:How would you define your work?
CN:nature and forests in particular inspire me strongly as well as as green, flowers, sky, air, stars, clouds, water.
photo by Minoru Kaburagi
DP: What has been your biggest challenge so far?
CN: i did a shoot couple months ago for Noi.se magazine (UK), where i had to make 10 totally different looks of clowns.
photos by Miguel Villalobos
DP: How did you meet Graham Tabor and how did you get involved in the Hyeres project?
CN:Approximately 3 years ago I met Graham for a test shoot he was styling. A year later I met Graham again backstage at a Karl Lagerfeld show, where we exchanged contact info. A few months after I received an email from Graham to shoot for METAL magazine… Miguel was the photographer on that shoot, which is how I met him. Working with these two talents got me to Hyeres!
DP: What was the experience like for you?
CN: It showed me that teamwork is everything.
DP: Highs and lows?
CN: Best moment at the Festival was