Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Millinery: Rose Paper Hat

"Seeking symbolic meaning of the rose from an esoteric perspective, in which the rose is considered a symbol of balance. 
Here the beauty of the rose expresses promise, new beginnings, hope."


Many years ago, I created a rose band for a wedding "veil" made of paper...

I started with a collection of papers including Japanese mulberry papers, Tyvek, and tea bags.
From there I bleached the tea bags and cut them into petal shapes.
I used a Japanese scrunching technique to give them just the right flower texture.

Here is the finished piece with the flower groupings placed on a band and secured with a satin ribbon that would crown any bride's head comfortably!

Close up noting the various papers, pearls, feathers, ribbons...

It was a fabulous exploration of seeing what paper could do!


Spring forward to this year and I decided to expand by combining my paper skills and  my dying skills together in to one glorious piece.

I had recently been creating Paper Hats using Italian 180 weight crepe paper and thought to create a fascintor (small hat) using this particular paper that I hand-dyed.
 I created a poppy....

...while beautiful, it wasn't quite was my soul wanted to express for this piece. I wanted something softer and more fluid....

Part of creating a new life for soul...has been working on the process of slowing down and being mindfully (and delightfully) present with myself and therefore my work.

I am able to hear my soul's inspired feelings-words on which direction I want to create my clear voice.

So pulled out my Japanese papers and started dying using Procion dye.

Now I knew I was headed in the right direction! I knew these would make the delicate soft petals  feminine I was looking for...

Now for the centers...
I had dyed this crepe thinking it would make beautiful stamens.

Here is a Rose with this was wonderful but not quite right for this project...

I found my pearl stamens...

Bingo- exactly where I wanted to go with this...delicate and very feminine.

Now finding the right foundation to set these beauties upon...
We are fortunate to have a millinery shop here locally..many of their items are handmade and vintage. I found the perfect foundation of vintage "chicken" wire.

The edge binding was of a cotton and I decided to add this beautiful vintage kimono fabric...after all when you are dying and creating each flower, it suits to follow through in every detail!

Here is the final piece!
I am very happy with the way this turned out...feminine, easy to wear, and comfortable in any weather.

This Rose Hat is available!! 
Contact Leslie here if interested 
or wish a custom paper hat of your very own.

If  you would like to see it in the round
click here to see a video of the finished piece!

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