Soon after I met Donald Wasson, my millinery instructor, I was seriously bitten by the “I must do this professionally!” bug. He quickly introduced me to some of his former students who have carved out their own niches to become professional milliners.Together, we have formed the Millinery Arts Coalition. We have held a few events in the past and hope to do even more this year. Our next event, Millinery as Sculpture, is an exhibition of our work that promises to be creative and different! It will be held at the BOX Gallery in Akron June 14 – July 27. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event.
The group recently met to discuss strategy and swap some hat blocks, the forms over which we stretch straw, felt or other materials to form differently shaped hats. These are my colleagues Dee Hall and Lee St. Marie; coalition members Cynthia Lundeen and Donald Wasson are not pictured. Happy blocking, my friends!
Millinery Arts Coalition Members Dee Hall and Lee St.Marie
I had the pleasure of teaching a mini-workshop at my studio last weekend to a terrific 8-year-old, her mother, and grandmother. Grandma is a quilt/fiber artist so mom has also been around art all of her life. Our 8-year-old is a natural – she really understands how to put colors together. Although her favorite color is pink, she stretched and went for a purple theme (although we needle felted a touch of pink on her flowers so that it went with her pink outfits too). By the way, she can sew better than some adults I know :o)
Here are a couple of photos. Note her use of color – especially the turquoise button in the center of her flower. I had pulled some buttons that coordinated with her color scheme but she selected the turquoise all on her own. Adorable!
I went Goodwill hunting yesterday with my friend, Nancy. She found a really cute T-shirt that had a cool lace-up detail on one shoulder and a nice stud detail around the neck. It also has some pretty sparkles on the front. The shirt came home with me for a wash first then today I used it (along with other knits and remnants) to create another slouchy beret and scarf combo. Being a blue-jean person, I appreciate the gray and blue hues and the casual yet girly nature of this duo. The stud detail is now prominent on the hat and the lace-up is featured in the scarf. The sparkles will find their way into an upcoming project.
My husband bought me the cutest swing coat with a large-scale pink and gray hounds tooth print. Only problem was that when I tried finding fabrics to go with it I couldn’t put my finger on just the right shade of pink. So I headed to the thrift store and found several old T-shirts in the approximate palate of gray and pink to coordinate with the coat. I knew I wanted to do a color blocked look, so the T-shirts worked out great. And as luck would have it, I found two Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts – one from Chicago and one from Paris – that gave the pieces the funky edge I was looking for. Here’s the finished look.