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Hey, I was just interviewed by CreativeRoom4Talk! --
http://creativeroom4talk.com/interview-juliane-gorman/

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Please enter my shop -- http://FeltHappiness.etsy.com
Felted hats for the fantastical and practical.

Each of my felted hats tells a story - imagine each one with its own Fairy Tale. If you see a hat that you like, but want it in another color, size, or mood, I will happily try to create one. Please bear in mind, each hat is one of a kind piece of wearable art, just like You!

Hats are an art with the power to give new meaning to the wearer. From the absurd, to the sublime, hats create new possibilities. We have all seen someone transformed by a hat. It will bring out something…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 23
  • Joined January 4, 2012

Favorite materials

hand felted wet felt, color fast Merino wool, silk, cotton, fleece, bamboo, fiber, needle, thread, happiness, laughter, tea, time

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FeltHappiness
Felted Hats, Felt Berets, Expressive...

About

Hey, I was just interviewed by CreativeRoom4Talk! --
http://creativeroom4talk.com/interview-juliane-gorman/

********
Please enter my shop -- http://FeltHappiness.etsy.com
Felted hats for the fantastical and practical.

Each of my felted hats tells a story - imagine each one with its own Fairy Tale. If you see a hat that you like, but want it in another color, size, or mood, I will happily try to create one. Please bear in mind, each hat is one of a kind piece of wearable art, just like You!

Hats are an art with the power to give new meaning to the wearer. From the absurd, to the sublime, hats create new possibilities. We have all seen someone transformed by a hat. It will bring out something extra with you - make you walk more confidently, give you another reason to smile, knowing that you are wearing a flattering, warm and comfortable piece of FeltHappiness.

Wool a natural fiber with enchanted properties. Imagine, it resists fire and water, yet is renewable and sustainable. It comes alive in my hands with every piece I create. A transformation occurs as I knead and massage the fibers into wearable art.

The most amazing thing about felt is it creates life within me. Ideas bloom, upon more ideas. Some ideas are fueled by technical challenges, while others are based on nature, shape, color or emotion. Anything can be inspiration!

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I first felted over thirty years ago, as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. I recall felting outdoors. It was a haphazard affair where I actually danced and threw snow upon the fibers. For my degree project I made a series of sculptural headdresses out of painted silk and other materials. Interestingly, the work was not made from felt. A few years later, I studied with an esteemed millinery teacher, Ann Albrizio.

For many years the magic of wool and felt lay dormant in me. Then, serendipitously I borrowed a book on felting hats from the library: Chad Alice Hagen's "Fabulous Felt Hats." It was My FeltHappiness Eureka Epiphany moment, where my love of colors and fibers, mixed with my passion for hats! Even more fantastic is how this medium envelopes both painting and sculpture.

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The Making: Each hat starts from loose wool roving which I layer around a flexible resist. Usually there are 3 to 5 layers of wool, with added decoration of wool or silk fibers or fabric. Then, comes the feltmaking, where I add a bit of gentle soap, warm water, and pressure. After patting, rolling and throwing, the fibers interlock and felt together. There is a lot of exercise in feltmaking! No fancy machines or petite elves do the work.

My handcrafted felt is draped, shaped & dried on my trusty millinery hat block. Some of my hats have millinery wire hand sewn in to keep their brims perky. Many of them will have millinery grosgrain ribbon sewn inside the headsize for that professional finish. Lastly, I trim and decorate each hat to bring out the best in the hat & You.

All items are ready to ship - really!

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