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    "Wearing Me Place on Me Face": Scousebrows, Placemaking and Everyday Creativity

    Wilkinson, Catherine, Wilkinson, Samantha ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1564-5472 and Saron, Holly (2021) "Wearing Me Place on Me Face": Scousebrows, Placemaking and Everyday Creativity. Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture, 25 (3). pp. 395-418. ISSN 1751-7419

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    This paper emerges from a multidisciplinary research project called “Brews and Brows: Shaping Stories from Eyebrows to Scousebrows” that entailed gathering stories about eyebrow grooming from women and men from the city of Liverpool, UK, and creating a new taxonomy of the eyebrow where none currently exists. The point of departure for this paper is to challenge the negative commentary on the Scousebrow in the press and social media by engaging people in discussions surrounding the personal significance of eyebrow shaping and styling. In challenging this denigration, this paper uses data from in-depth interviews with eyebrow artists and clients and ethnographic interviews at a four-day event held in Liverpool. This paper argues that the everyday (little c) creative practice of eyebrow grooming is not only an important part of crafting and performing identity, particularly for Scouse women, but also an example of bottom-up placemaking in the city of Liverpool.

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