A Gothic Hat

Travel inspires my work. If you’ve been following me here, you’ve probably noticed a couple of recent posts highlighting the hats I’ve made that were inspired by my travels in Italy and Turkey.

This is my singular inspiration from Spain, from the Cloister of St. John the King in Toledo. It took about 6 years to bring this hat from drawing board to finished piece, and hours of experimentation to translate the arches not only into textile, but into a commercially viable piece of wearable art.

Here it is, in recycled wool. The arches are made from ultrasuede that I gleaned from a thrift store skirt, applied in padded applique to give the arches some additional dimension. Detailed in hand embroidery, and finished with a mink rescued from a vintage coat. Coming soon to my Custom Catalog at August Phoenix Hats.

The Gothic, inspired by the arches below.
The Cloister of St. John the King in Toledo, Spain.

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