Travel inspires my work.
This is my singular inspiration from my trip to Spain a few years back. You might have spotted it in in my ads supporting KNKX Radio during their Fall Fund Drive in October 2019.
This hat is patterned after 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.
The base of this hat is reclaimed black wool. The arches are ultra-suede that I gleaned from a thrift store skirt, which I then applied to the hat as padded applique in order to give some additional dimension. The architectural detailing is hand embroidered, and the hat is finished in mink rescued from a vintage coat.
You can read more about the trip that inspired this hat at Daveno Travels.