Here’s the hat I made most recently:
This hat is made from silk fibers that I hand painted with dye and then laid out for a “fusion” fabric. This is very much like paper making only I used a textile medium to permanently bond the fibers. I take the wet fabric and drape it over a prepared mold….a hat form I created. I let it dry and then peel it from the form and finish it (which usually means I add beads!).
I think if you click on the image it might get bigger.
This one is a miniature (brim is 5.5″ total dia) I made it to honor an additional entry requirement for my last show, “Prairie State Art Fair” held at Arlinton Park Race Track. We were asked to submit a piece that reflected horses or horse racing. The title is: “Ladies Day at Arlington Park”. I’m happy to add that I made the little hat stand, too! I melted a clear rod to create a flat button top for the hat base…then inserted the rod into a hole I drilled in the acylic ice cube. (You all do have acrylic ice cubes in your stashes, right?)
typihg with a cat licking my fingers.