I learned that being a ‘hatter‘ in the early 1900s was a huge profession. Big city centers provided opportunities for immigrants and others to support their families. It was a time when average men wore hats and spats. Women would not be outdone and demanded beautiful hats. They had to be designed, cleaned and blocked.
Nashville became a major hatter industry when Greek families moved here and set up shop near downtown. They bought homes in East Nashville, an historic area even today.
In 2005 a large number of very old hats, brand new, still in their hat boxes were put on exhibit by my artist friend. She remembers sitting in the window of the shop as a treat. We, her friends, agreed to make something to go in the show related to these hats. We each got one or two for “inspiration.”
I wanted to do something different from just painting. It was such fun to take to the fabric scraps (I am going to do something with this one day) and the beads and jewelry pieces to make mini art hats.
The day of the Hanging Around Gallery opening, we wore some of the old hats or in my case, I made a hat. It is immortalized in Nashville Magazine ‘society page!’ Little did the guests know that the large flower hat had a needle and thread still lost in it.
At least, I hope they never saw it!
I posted yesterday that I would share some of these little hats today. I just made it under the wire. When you say you will do something, it is best to follow-through. People will remember when you missed the mark more times than when you made it. And a child may never forget.
The British royalty and upper classes are putting on hat shows at every major events. I wonder how the fascinators stay on.
- Stepping Out – Stepping Up (leartisteboots.wordpress.com)
- The Mad Hatter Is In: Behold, Piers Atkinson for ASOS (shefinds.com)
- Hats and Hatters (roamings.typepad.com)
- Look of the Day: Mad Hatter (fabsugar.com)
- 200 free hats to be handed out Wednesday on Copley Square (boston.com)