Picked up a brand new book last week that is a game changer for me. Hat Couture by Marianne Jongkind is a magnificent resource that I was absolutely missing in my library. My millinery education is moderately formal and definitely piece-meal from working a bit here and observing a bit there and I know I have gaps in my knowledge. I have a deep interest in this craft though and I love the build process as it's a lot like sculpting, a fine art expression I never picked up, and this book feels like the final piece in my skills puzzle. The images are clear and plentiful and her instructions are incredibly accessible. The writing feels like I'm sitting in a class with her and I absolutely love that! The Forward hints at enough material from her extensive career to produce a second volume and I can only hope!
Really excited about the new product images I shot last weekend and I hope it means some fresh sales and new customers.
Finally received some pics of the fun little pink number I created for one of my many lovely Aunt-in-laws. She showed me her dress while I was around in February and then I whipped up this little number for her in April. It was really fascinating working with sinamay, a material I had no experience and it turned out to be just right for this project.
Excited to announce that I have purchased a new fascinator block! More wonderful little works of art to wear coming soon! In the meantime, check out this recent creation for my sister-in-laws stunning wedding across the pond:
It's finally happened! After years of swearing I'd find a new burgh to finally put down some roots I've relocated to the absolutely amazing city of Chicago!! With the offer of full-time employment in an art form I'm head over heels about (opera) how could I resist the opportunity to strike out and see more of this beautiful, expansive country? My husband and I are only celebrating a scant full month together here but already I feel like this is the bustling jungle for me. With the move and the change in gigs it seems I will finally have some more flexibility to spend time bringing to life all the crazy creations crowding my cranium. Keep an eye out for some exciting new pieces over the coming months and more blog posts showing project progress, teasers for ideas and more alliteration than a grown woman should find amusing.