Tuesday, February 23, 2010

They're Out!

I've posted two new spring cloche hats on my etsy page at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TranzendentalArts and there are more to come!

I love these hats because they're light and colorful with lots of stretch - you hardly know you're wearing them! I've really enjoyed designing these pieces because I'm letting the materials lead my styling. Using recycled materials creates a unique challenge because the fabrics are different, the usable portions vary and these differences keep me from "mass producing" anything!

This weekend I just threw a bunch of t-shirts and turtlenecks into a pile and left them on the counter while I worked - every time I returned to the pile I "saw" a new hat and it kept me motivated. I thought I'd miss the patterns of my ties and sweaters, but utilizing the solid colors has opened up a whole new window.

I'm hoping to find some hat enthusiasts who really want "one of a kind" items. These aren't hats that will appeal to just anyone - but I'm on my way to creating enough variety that I think there's a good chance you'll find one you like.

Check them out and let me know what you think;




Friday, February 19, 2010


I'm working on drafting up a pattern for a SWEET little spring/summer cloche hat made from recycled knits - this is gonna be awesome! Once I have the basic pattern down I'll be able to do lots of fun stuff with this hat - I'm sooo excited!

I'm also going to make a run of the rasta tams out of lighter knits and crazy color-combinations. I think I'm gonna spend the whole weekend sewing, so I doubt I'll mind the nasty weather.

My biggest project once I get rolling is figuring a good "brim" for some of them - I've been saving pop bottles and I think they'll make a great stabilizer. I've got some really whack ideas rolling around in the back of my head for bizarro hat-brims too.

The more I listen to the news and revel in working for myself rather than for someone else... the more I worry about us all and hope for the best. My job though - keep myself covered and not be a drain on society. Hopefully I'll inspire some others to follow their bliss because it CAN work and it leads to such a great sense of power and peace.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'm beefing up the vintage stuff for now...

I've suddenly begun to worry that what I need is stuff for spring, not more winter hats! So I'm getting ready to post alot of retro/vintage stuff I have that's great for spring or less season-specific.

It's really quite time-consuming trying to get pictures taken and edited and posted - and I can't even begin with that until I've cleaned/ironed/repaired the stuff... so this is going waaay slower than I had anticipated!

In the meantime I've ordered cards and tags so that when I'm ready to roll, well, I'll be ready to roll!