Making hats is a balancing act of Sculpture and Painting. When The shape is important the color only needs to enhance. When the play of color is more important the shape plays the supporting role. Simplicity and control are the basic elements of hatmaking. one small design element can inspire me to create a whole line of hats ranging from the silly to the sublime .I enjoy exploring design limits I set for myself. Applying the same rules to create one-of-a-kind Outre hats for special occasions and more everyday wearable hats with just a touch of fun. The Art in hatmaking is to find a balance between fun and practicality. Sometimes tipping the scale more one way than the other ever keeping in mind the fact of wearability. I work in wool or linen depending on the season and occasionally incorporate recycled fabrics. I consider my hats fine art along with the fine arts of Painting and Sculpture as it uses both the elements of form and color plus the art of personal adornment.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival: 40
Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park: 3