Suzanne Sherman's Profile

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I have been designing for about 15 years and was originally inspired by my love for vintage clothing. I was particularly infatuated with hats...little wearable sculptures...and I set out to learn traditional millinery techniques. There were no millinery programs in the town where I was living so I bought a bunch of books and taught myself. My work just naturally took on a fancy style and I started designing custom pieces for the clients at several bridal salons. I soon added purses to my repertoire and called my business "Fat Cat Hats and Sacks".

I moved from California to Portland, Oregon about 14 years ago and was thrilled to find a very talented and formally trained milliner, Dayna Pinkham, who I could intern with. She not only shared her knowledge of traditional hat making but also introduced me to a network of passionate milliners and designers just like me! I also found the…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 17
  • Joined May 27, 2009

Favorite materials

felt, straw, colorful fabrics, silk, found objects, dried flowers and plants, aged wood, bark and branches, paper ephemera, vintage treasures, photographs, things I create by hand

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Handmade Hats and Vintage Things to Go...

About

I have been designing for about 15 years and was originally inspired by my love for vintage clothing. I was particularly infatuated with hats...little wearable sculptures...and I set out to learn traditional millinery techniques. There were no millinery programs in the town where I was living so I bought a bunch of books and taught myself. My work just naturally took on a fancy style and I started designing custom pieces for the clients at several bridal salons. I soon added purses to my repertoire and called my business "Fat Cat Hats and Sacks".

I moved from California to Portland, Oregon about 14 years ago and was thrilled to find a very talented and formally trained milliner, Dayna Pinkham, who I could intern with. She not only shared her knowledge of traditional hat making but also introduced me to a network of passionate milliners and designers just like me! I also found the opportunity to design handbags for the evening wear and bridal lines of a company called "Jophiel Design" and hats and purses for a custom clothing design studio called "Stitch".

My work has sold in stores in California, Portland and Seattle...and I have made numerous pieces for my custom clientele. I am so glad you stopped by to see my work and I would love to have the opportunity to make a design just for you!

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