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.

 

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Millinery Arts Coalition

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

Millinery Arts Coalition Members Dee Hall and Lee St.Marie

Custom Hat and Scarf for the Milliner

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.

Hard Rock Cafe Hat & Scarf

Hard Rock Cafe Hat & Scarf