Check Out My New Website!

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Hi Everyone,

I have been working diligently on a new website that gives me more flexibility and allows me to procrastinate without putting other people up against my last minute deadlines :o)

Here’s a link to the new site. The URL is the same – www.whatagreathat.com

I would sincerely like to hear any comments you may have, negative or positive. I will be adding items to the online store daily so rest assured that there’s much more to come on that front. But otherwise the site is more or less finished with the exception of some minor tweaks.

I value your input!

Cheers,

Paula

Photo Credit: Black Box Photography; Hats: What a Great Hat!; Makeup and Hair: Beauty Therapy; Flowers: The Budding Tree

 

 

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Make a Fascinator Workshop

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Anyone can learn to make a fascinator!

Join me at the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio on Saturday, February 6, 2016 or Saturday, February 7, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm and learn to make a fascinator that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special occasion. You’ll learn how to make petals that cover a circular straw base, a feather bundle and gathered netting to create a whimsical and unique headpiece.

All materials and instruction are included in the fee of $85 per person. Preregistration and payment are required before attending. Basic sewing skills are helpful but not required.

If you would like to attend, please contact me at whatagreathat@gmail.com or 330-592-2295. Preregistration and payment are required.

In-Studio Perspectives

It took me all week, but I finally got on a roll last Friday. I just ordered these straw hoods and love the black and tan weave. They’re fun to block and so I went to town using my hat blocks and also some free-form sculpting. These are still in progress so you can’t really tell what they’ll end up looking like but stay tuned to my Facebook page (click here to “like” What a Great Hat if you haven’t already!) to see the results. A sneak peek at one of the cloches is found below. Fun, fun, fun.

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw hats in progress by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

Straw cloche with rolled band by What a Great Hat

 

 

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….

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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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In-Studio Perspectives

Now that the Derby is almost buttoned up, I’m focused on making some more casual soft hats for spring and summer. I just secured some fabulous vintage fabric yardage and am inspired! Here’s a sneak peek at some “new” vintage fabrics that will soon be made into fun and unique hats. Stay tuned…

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In-Studio Perspectives

Creating one-of-a-kind hats means so many things to me…it is rewarding, joyful, satisfying. I often make a hat and then sell it before I have a chance to even take a photo of it. When hats go to a happy customer quickly I am grateful; although I wish I had been able to spend more time with the hat. I most definitely bond with the things I create. I suppose that’s because a part of me is in each and every one of them.

I recently created this hat for a contest. It’s for the Facebook group, Mad Hatters Society. It’s an interesting group with very knowledgeable collectors, milliners, and “everyday” people who simply love hats. Click on the link to join this open group.

Part of the challenge was to photograph the hat being worn in public. I wanted “my girl” to be going places. It’s so funny to me that “Always Be Careful” was printed on the steps of the train car at our location, since the wearer of this hat doesn’t seem to be the cautious type. I am very grateful to Marianne Barta, who modeled my hat and is a talented photographer herself…she owns Black Box Photography. Photography for this session is by Levi Welling. So happy to have the hat and the moment preserved in such lovely photos.

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