Ginger Classification System

Pantone stripAs part of my imagined narrative of a ‘ginger utopia’, I decided that it was human nature to ‘other’ and create hierarchy and difference. So, even in a single-raced world, there would always be the need for humanity to say ‘I am more ginger than you’ – to create sub-classifications.

In my exhibition, the 500 gingers were grouped according to hair colour –  by my own system of classification to define who belongs where.

I created a rough ‘pantone strip’ as a reference for myself whilst grouping the gingers.

The range is:


Strawberry Blonde

Light Orange


Burnt Orange



Dark Red


Dark Aurburn










11 Responses to “Ginger Classification System”

  1. Leslie Van Damme 09/04/2013 at 07:41 #

    I am Dark Red! Love this pantone strip. – Leslie, Greenville, OH

  2. Anna Katharina Erlenmaier 09/04/2013 at 08:09 #

    I think my hair is orange or light orange – it never changed colour…

  3. Melanie Fröhlich 09/04/2013 at 08:16 #

    Hi there!
    Cool site! Great idea! My copperhead is between copper and red i think
    I would know mire about your work and wozld be so much a part of it of course Red Hair is an absolutely passion from me…
    Maybee you could see pictures from me on my Facebook Timeline… :-)
    Best Wishes and coppergreetings from Germany! :-)

    (But my mom was born in Ireland! And my Irish Grandmother gave me her Hair and my roots smile…)

  4. Gail Ledger-Blamire 09/04/2013 at 08:48 #

    I started life as light orange and now at 61 I am dark red.

  5. Mylene 09/04/2013 at 20:20 #


    I think I am red or dark red. If you want to collect my picture, don’t hesitate to ask for it !

    Good continuation,
    I really like you project, I did one about red hair people for my diploma too, you could see it on my website.


    • admin 09/04/2013 at 20:41 #

      Hi MM
      Is your thesis only in French?
      Would love to read it if in English! Please email!

  6. Beth 10/05/2013 at 17:26 #

    So what would the hierarchy look like? :p

  7. Chris port 25/06/2013 at 08:17 #

    Im Burnt orange but getting darker as i get older. And my girlfriend is a slight lighter then in the picture burnt orange but :-)

  8. Suzie Duffin 25/06/2013 at 12:25 #

    I have twin girls who are ten, since they were 2 I have had many comment from the older generation on how their hair is titian colored!

  9. Honey 25/06/2013 at 14:46 #

    as a little girl I was truly a red. now I tend to roll a little closer to the copper. Of course now I have to help nature out a little bit to as it goes with being a red head, you must embrace the ever changing shades.

  10. Lana 26/06/2013 at 09:40 #

    Red when I was born and gradually changed to Auburn as I became an adult.

    Sometimes I henna my hair to get the vibrancy back!

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