December 20, 2009

Art Sale things



Here are some photos from the art sale. Toni and I sold the little clips like wild fire! It was wonderful. I love this little zipper flower I made. It's really encouraging to hear how much people love the things you create. I could not believe how great all of the hair nic-nacs looked worn.

I'm really hoping to do the SAIC Spring Art Sale in April, if I don't get too bogged down with the unbelievable amount of work that some how always presents itself in the spring semester.

I was told by my Millinery Professor that we're supposed to be in a gallery show in February, which means all of our hats need to be done just as the semester is beginning. We are also planning on being in a fashion show at the Garfield Park conservatory, so we're asked to create a hat using the plants they have. I am also supposed to make hats for a friends fashion line (which I am very excited for!) as well as finish all the hats for the BFA show (see last post).

Phew. It is going to be a busy three months. I am fully going to enjoy my "vacation" starting Tuesday!

Toni Mardosz and me in front of our table at the sale

December 18, 2009

cartography (kär-tŏg'rə-fē)


It has been a while since I updated with new hats but I'll have some new photos up soon. We just had our Flat Patterning class final and I made some pretty exciting hats. I will post them once I get the professional photos in. Today I submitted my proposal for a group show for the SAIC BFA show; all very exciting stuff! Our group consists of Jeni Crone, Sabrina Severns, Caitlin Schriner, and myself. We are all working with a different form of mapping, wether it be mapping memory, a lifetime of an object, or just conquest.

Here is the new Artist Statement I submitted:


I am very interested in exploring different cultural hats, the importance of hats and their role in society. Research for my pieces is generally gained from my own life experiences, allowing a strong connection to the piece for the viewer and me. Art and function have always gone hand in hand in my practice and so I. I began exploring millinery two years ago and now it is my main practice. Hat making to me is a form of combining the fashion and fiber techniques I’ve learned at school. I have recently been experimenting with designing my own prints for my hats and that has allowed me to take millinery into a new level. I attempt utilize heat press techniques for embossing and printing on my hats, as well as investigating more sculptural build up in hats. I use a variety of different materials such as straw, rabbit felt, and sinamay.

November 15, 2009

Houndstooth Beret



I love houndstooth-- and I cant stop buying it in different wools!

I'll put up pictures of my black and white one soon. It's made from the same wool my pillbox is made from! I made this one specifically for the Holiday Art Sale. I'll post info about it soon!

November 5, 2009

Pillbox and Fasinator.



Leather and Feather fasinators




Houndstooth Pillbox hat




We made a pillbox this week and Ive been working on little head pieces for the art sale here at school.

I think I had a bit too much fun with the pillbox pictures though!

October 22, 2009

Mono Print Hat

So this is the hat that was awarded "Best Hat in Show" for the 2009
Raymond Hudd Millinery Awards.






October 11, 2009

sheared beret



This is the first completed project from my pattern making hat class!
I am in love with this plaid.
More to come!

October 8, 2009

Wednesday Wings

I had the most frustrating time in class today trying to figure out the pattern for a beret. Siiigh. I work so much better with blocking hats.

Anyway, here are some old hats again:


April, 2009


October, 2008

This is the first hat that I ever made!

October 3, 2009

Old Work

Wool Felt Hat, Cynamay Flower.
March, 2009




Leather fastener with feathers
February, 2009



Photos by Beverly Jensen