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The months that were February & March

The ‘Move’ and other Matters

Time has flown and it is almost time for my April ‘wrap-up’.  The ‘move’ to new premises – for the Art Centre and each artist was a massive undertaking.  It physically took place in early March.  Unfortunately I injured my shoulder badly during the move and it has taken all this time to regain my health and to gradually get back to things hat-related.  This week I will start setting-up my new studio space.

There is a mostly ‘mens’ hats’ theme in this blog posting.  I hope you enjoy it.


Did You Know?

Ecuador began producing the Panama Hat as early as 1630!
The hats were not exported until the early 1800’s.

panama hat


Hat Quote

“Life is like a new hat. You don’t know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror.”  Shirley McLaine.


If the Hat Fits


Al Pacino in ‘Serpico’


Hats in Art

on selecting a hat by Kenton Nelson

‘On Selecting a Hat’ by Kenton Nelson


In my Studio

One of my projects during March was to create a headpiece for a friend of mine.  She owns a gallery in Beaumont Street,  (Newcastle  NSW) where she opened a new exhibition called ‘Objects of Desire’.   Here is my interpretation.


.The cigarettes are made from dowel.  I enjoyed making it

Do you remember the black sinamay hat I was working on in late January?  I finished it earlier this month.



Each time I start working with sinamay I am freshly impressed with its beautiful sculptural properties.  Love it.

Packing and sorting the contents of my studio begins next month!  Very early on, our art centre is moving to a new site.  To limit the amount of materials I have to move I am beginning to sort and  throw out now.  ‘Tis a bit of a process as there are a lot of materials I haven’t used for 2 years.  Will let you know how it goes!

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A Wrap up of January!

In my Studio

This month I have had an influx of hats that needed restoring.  I enjoy restoring old Akubras; re-blocking crowns on well loved hats and inserting new sweatbands into old favourites.  Instead of buying new sweatbands elsewhere, I have started making my own from the leather I have in supply.  The leather sewing foot attachment works well, feeding the leather through my faithful machine.  It was an interesting moment when I realised that I could ‘simply’ make my own sweatband, rather than searching for one online.  Cool!

I have also started on a black dress hat……


Did You Know

Saint Catherine of Alexandria is the patron saint of milliners.                                                   She is celebrated on November 25.

Highlighting the Cloche



Here is a cloche I have made.   The cloche suits a heart-shaped face, which is generally recognised by the ‘widows peak’ hairline feature.  Hats in this style retail for $A240.


Hats in Art

Edgar Degas, ‘At the Milliners’


If the Hat Fits

Johnny Depp does look good in a hat.  He has quite a collection too.

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