About working hands August 7, 2022 2022 European Artistic Crafts Days In the context of the 2022 European Artistic Crafts Days, I had the chance to be one of the 5 craft makers portraited and chosen by the INMA in Paris (Institut National des Métiers d’Art). Have a look and enjoy!
Are panama hats made in Panama? September 9, 2021 An authentic Panama is a material and not a hat shape, completely handwoven from the toquilla straw in Ecuador. South American goods were not imported directly into the USA in the 19th century, but via Panama. The hats from Ecuador, which reached the USA, therefore all bore the customs stamp from Panama. President Theodore Roosevelt finally put his stamp on the Panama hat, who protected his head from the sun with […]
Top banana April 13, 2021 The abaca tree, a banana palm native to the Philippines, has been grown for centuries as textile fibre and this for several good reasons. Abaca fibre is long-lasting and more sustainable with low impact on environment than many other weaving fibers. Especially for hat making it is used as a woven fabric, mostly a blend of silk or cotton with abaca fibre, which combination gives a unique sheen and vibrant colour. This supple yet strong […]
What is a Fedora hat actually? März 14, 2021 The word fedora comes from a French theatre play dated 1889 in which the famous Sarah Bernhardt played the main heroine Fédora Romanov. The actress wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat and pinched at the front. The hat became fashionable for women and was eventually adopted as a defining symbol of the women’s rights movement. Edward, Prince of Wales started wearing Fedoras in 1924, and shifted the popularity of this style […]
New Video out now April 27, 2021 This film is of course about my hats but also about inspiration, craft making, beauty and nature. It is about playing with lights and shadows, lines and shapes. It is about individuality and enjoying life, maybe by starting to wear a hat? Have a look and enjoy! I was lucky to work on this project with an incredibly talented crew. Again, lots of thanks to all of you (full credits at the end […]