Living My Dream

I was recently contacted about partnering with the Ohio Lottery and their InspiredOH campaign to share the story of What a Great Hat. I’m lucky to be an inspired Ohioan and to have the opportunity to talk about my business and creative process.

Please click here to watch my two-minute video and feel free to share your inspired stories on the InspiredOH website.


Custom Hat For Preakness

Custom Race Wear – Preakness

It all started with a skirt. A really great skirt that’s perfect for a horse race. My customer wanted a hat to go with it that had a touch of whimsy and a lot of impact.

The biggest challenge was to dye the parasisal straw to coordinate with the pretty pear green in the skirt. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a color that worked great. From there it was a matter of pulling in the other colors of the skirt, including a terra cotta riding pant on the women featured on the skirt. Fortunately, I had a ribbon that was woven with terra cotta one way and green the other for a perfect complement. Dotted netting, black, white and green feathers, a custom made silk and striped band and dotted ribbon finishes the look.

An added bonus: the hat looks great worn as intended with the embellishment on the right as well as turning it around and wearing the embellishment on the left. Such a fun and colorful ensemble!

Save the Date for a Millinery Arts Coalition Exhibition

Wow, it has been a busy month! Now that the Kentucky Derby is behind us, I’m focusing on my upcoming summer shows. The first one, which I’m really excited about, features spectacular millinery from some of my Millinery Art Coalition friends. In addition to mine, the work of Dee Hall, Lee St. Marie and Donald Wasson will be on display at the BOX Gallery from June 14th through July 27 in a show called “Millinery as Sculpture.”

Please plan on coming to meet the milliners on Friday, June 14th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the opening reception with wine and light refreshments. We have challenged ourselves to create some wonderful pieces for this show, so I hope you’ll be able to come by.

The BOX gallery is in the same building as the Summit Artspace Gallery. It’s located at 140 East Market Street in Akron, on the corner of East Market and Summit Streets. The BOX is on the third floor – follow the signs to the elevator and then press 3. More info is at Park in the lot behind the building or across the street.

While I don’t want to reveal too much before the show, here’s a sneak peek at one of the hats.

A tiny slice of millinery to be featured in the upcoming show

A tiny slice of millinery to be featured in the upcoming show