Maybe some of you can relate to this. I’ve worn a few hats in my time. Not only head coverings, but roles in life, jobs. I was an au-pair one summer, spent another at a printing press, and then landed a gig as a talent scout for a modeling agency. I wasn’t keen on working during the summer, but it helped me along my path of self-discovery and taught me (some!) responsibility. My final summer job, where I trained under a master milliner, was an experience that left a lasting impression on me. Beyond assisting someone who possessed such extraordinary talent, I learned how to build hats from mere forms and all the ways in which to design and create bridal headpieces, in addition to the many adorable hats for children and little old ladies that we made. When I married, I designed and created my own bridal headpiece drawing from the skills acquired in the millinary boutique so many years ago.
I learned very early on that hats are very personal, different from anything else you’ll ever wear. You can wear the wrong scarf or sweater. A hat, given it’s place on the body and how it is often associated with respect and beauty, is the first thing you see. No room for screw-ups. Afterall, it’s on top, the grand crown, and it must fit perfectly. Depending on it’s function, it must either do well to protect the wearer or make them look polished and stylish. Or, if for a wedding, radiant and princess-like. Hats make the ensemble.
Here in northern Germany, hats are big business. They are quite the “it” accessory, most Germans wear ultra cool knitted or oilcloth hats, and if they aren’t wearing one, you are most likely going to find it tucked away in their handbags. City girls here are always prepared and, even in inclement weather, always look so stylish thanks to their trusty hat.
One German milliner (of many) that I spied at the Infa fair this past week is Rita Gomez. Her work really stood out. The details, patterns, textiles, knitted creations, the sheer range alone was impressive. She can go over-the-top avant garde all the way to a simple oilcloth rain hat in understated two-tone florals. It’s great.
This winter, I say hats on ladies!
(images top: from holly becker for decor8 and other: from rita gomez. note: rita is pictured in the bottom photo.)
New product alert! Yeah! After I mentioned Les Louisettes yesterday, Julie wrote to me yet again to tell me more good news – new products! This time, 26 new motifs to iron onto textiles. I’m thinking you could really go wild with this idea and transform pillowcases, duvets, tees, tableclothes, throw pillows… Even to take a white duvet and add a few designs to the bottom corners would be a simple way to introduce a bit of whimsy if you are afraid to go too crazy. You can purchase a full sheet of motifs (26 of them + 5 expressions like “C’est moi l’artiste!”, translated: “I’m the artist”) and they arrive in a pure cotton printed bag (sweet!) which is a delightful little bonus, don’t you think?
Here are a few photos… If you like them, contact Julie at Les Louisettes for details – contact[at]leslouisettes[dot]com.
(images from les louisettes – thanks for sending them along, Julie!)
Update alert! I wrote about Les Louisettes Wall Decals from France back in early August, do you recall? Julie from Les Louisettes wrote in today to share some news with us since a lot of readers contacted her to purchase their products – they’re now available both at Mortimer Snodgrass (in Montreal) and online! Yeah!
Thanks for the tip, Julie!
[10/18: Mortimer Snodgrass just wrote in to let us know that decor8 readers who order anything from their online store will receive 15% off their order total. Simply mention "decor8" in the comments box at check-out. Thanks MS!]
(images from les louisettes)
I’ve had Flickr on the brain today and what do I stumble across mere moments ago via AT? Flickr MOO Minicards. Sheesh. Like I needed more of a reason to be in lust with Flickr. This now officially makes Flickr my all-time favorite website. I’m obsessed, especially now that I can take 100 of my favorite Flickr images, slice ‘n dice ‘em, and create super cool calling cards on glossy, full-color cardstock for only $19.95. MOO wants to take the boring business card to a new sophisticated level, an advanced generation of calling cards for the in-the-know, on-the-go peeps. In other words, all of us!
How do you create Flickr Minicards? Choose the photos you’d like on your cards from your Flickr photostream. Every card can be different if you’d like, so create up to 100 for only $19.99 (+ $4.99 delivery – anywhere in the world!). Next, crop the images by highlighting the area on the photo that you’d like on the card. Now add your personal details on the back using various fonts and colors. You can even use your Flickr buddy icon or the Flickr logo (optional). Oh, and one last thing, after they arrive, hand them out! You can network your brains out, create art, share photos of your kids at the next family gathering, scrap ‘em, add to your inspiration board, create gift tags, or anything else you can think to do with 100 very cool little cards.
Start creating your cards here and spread the word to your friends because all Flickr addicts need to learn about MOO asap!
So… Will you MOO? What do you think about these? Do you have ideas for them that you’d like to comment on? I’d love to hear some creative uses for these…