In-Studio Perspectives

It sure doesn’t take long for me to make a mess of the studio. Before vacation, I had put everything away, tidied up, cleaned even. Today has been a blocking marathon with some other projects mixed in.

The biggest project I’m working on is my entry for the Kentucky Derby Museum Hat contest. It’s coming together with the red hat on the block, the polka dot sinamay and feathers. I will post a photo of the finished product next week.

Here’s a look at my formerly orderly workroom….

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Style Monday

OK, I’m reentering the world from vacation mode, so I’m cheating a bit this Monday. Here are some images from Trina Turk’s 2014 Fall Ready-to-Wear collection. I love the bright colors, mixed patterns and overall cool vibe! All images from




Vintage Hat Friday

What a gorgeous piece this is! It’s a finely woven straw cartwheel hat topped with navy chiffon roses all around the edge of the brim. A pretty velvet ribbon surrounds the shallow crown and a custom-made-to-match hatpin secures it. The label reads Marche Exclusive. According to Hatatorium, the store was in New York and the designer was mentioned and/or advertised in fashion magazines in 1940s. The hat is nearly perfect; there’s a small area where the wire is poking through the grosgrain binding. It recently found a home with a happy vintage hat lover!

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navy label

In-Studio Perspectives

I’m often asked where my ideas and inspiration come from. Here’s a simple example. These pretty flowers are on my windowsill at home (I often keep flowers there). Thoughts and memories of nature are with me always.

Isn’t it interesting how this fascinator looks related to the flowers? This wasn’t something I did intentionally; in fact, the fascinator was made before the flowers even arrived. Interesting!

Wouldn’t this be pretty for a non-traditional bridal headpiece? Maybe I should add a birdcage veil….



Vintage Hat Friday

Another pretty cartwheel for spring. This one is a lovely soft pink straw wide brim with a loopy straw brim and shallow crown. Netting surrounds the brim and secures at the back of the hat with two custom-made-to-match hatpins. The designer is Phil Strann, a California milliner who designed in the 1950s. You can find it for sale in my Etsy store.

Phil Strann Front

Phil Strann Front

Phil Strann Back

Phil Strann Back



In-Studio Perspectives

Every year in January I set some goals for What a Great Hat. One of this year’s is to apply to more gallery-style art shows. I applied to have my work displayed at the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens, Ohio for “Art We Use,” a national exhibition of objects both everyday and special. I’m so excited that my work has been accepted to be in the exhibit!

The Dairy Barn jury received submissions from 131 artists from 36 states and three countries; over 330 pieces and 600 images to consider. The jurors selected 69 artists for the exhibition with a total of 128 works.

Photos of the three pieces I submitted are below. The first piece, “Checks and Balances” will be in the show as well as the second photo, “Not So Vanilla Swirl,” which also received an honorable mention! I hope to visit the exhibition and will post photos when possible. Which of the three is your favorite?

The exhibition opens June 20 and runs through September 7. For more information on the Dairy Barn Arts Center, click here.



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