Friday, August 9, 2013

Hats- Cats

Over the next three weeks, I will be sharing with you my Story Hats.

These hats speak to my heart so clearly that I am compelled to make them. I am enchanted with their symbolism. My Story Hats are made of silk fabrics, some of which were purchased on a trip to China, and unique vintage fabrics and trims.
There’s always a story...

To be successful, a story must have a reason to be—a symbol the author wants to convey. There are four ways symbolism is used in these hats: To call upon good fortune, to outwit evil forces, to produce social achievement and to wish for happiness and longevity.

I love the idea of taking thoughtful stitches in fabric, inspired from the depths of my heart, to create with my hands a story for you filled with the symbolism and legends of ancient Chinese culture.
This week, I will be showing my Cat Hats ... 
photography: Mark Mortensen
黑猫 Black Cat 
Unanimously, the symbolic meaning of Black Cat is that of protection and guardianship. Stoic, silent and mysterious, cats fit the bill of for being expert guardians of homes and people.  They are also master secret keepers, and are a symbol of hidden knowledge.
 
雪虎 Snow Tiger
The spirit of the White (Snow) Tiger combines the courage and fierceness of a soldier with an ethereal, magisterial dignity. Tigers will protect you from evils. Tigers are used as a mark of protection and assuring peace for those who have passed.
 

Tigers 
The Tiger is king and has majestic dignity. He will ward off demons. The strength of the tiger combined with feline stealth makes this animal a fearsome enemy but a tremendous ally. He symbolizes courage and fierceness.
Green  Tiger

 

Red  Tiger


A marvelous feeling of serenity and satisfaction comes with sitting and hand sewing. It’s also a vital part to completing a story. I call it mind sewing and my way of sharing what is in my heart through these stories in fabric.

3 comments:

  1. I have been so enjoying your ongoing hat making reports, the cats are my favorite by far, all so lovely and have such distinct character. What fun you must have visulizing and creating them! Thank you for the storys and photos - all just wondeful! Ani in NC

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  2. These are so wonderful! I was reading Dollmaker's Journey customer letter and a link sent me here. Each hat is fabulous in color, texture. workmanship and story!

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  3. Hello!

    These are so beautiful - they take your breath away! Your talent is awesome and inspiring! Wishing you a happy day!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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