Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards

USA

www.feltsoright.com 

 

Artwork 1 Title:      

Zelda’s Chapeaux     

In recent months my hat-making has turned to styles reminiscent of the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. Perhaps this is due to the current world in which we find ourselves. In looking back at history, just a little over a hundred years ago (1918), the world was dealing with the Spanish flu pandemic, necessitating quarantines/confinements, masks, etc., much as we are today. And when that frightening period in history came to end, along with an end to other historical turbulences such as WWI, people were ready to celebrate each and every day, which in part led to what is referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties”. My millinery creations thus far this year are most certainly a response to our current climate and to looking forward to the day when we can once again ‘reconnect’ and enjoy a return to celebrations with friends and family in a more normal fashion. I want to be well prepared for that day so I’m preparing a plethora of hats to reimagine the Cloches which defined the millinery styles of the 1920’s and the adventurous women who wore them.

Materials and Techniques

Merino wool tops, upcycled vintage silk fabric and beaded fabric. Nuno-felted, and then blocked.

Artwork size in CM:   Height 17.8 cm; Circumference (59 cm); US hat size 7-3/8, UK hat size 7-1/4

 

Artwork 2    

Ready to Travel

In recent months my hat-making has turned to styles reminiscent of the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. Perhaps this is due to the current world in which we find ourselves. In looking back at history, just a little over a hundred years ago (1918), the world was dealing with the Spanish flu pandemic, necessitating quarantines/confinements, masks, etc., much as we are today. And when that frightening period in history came to end, along with an end to other historical turbulences such as WWI, people were ready to celebrate each and every day, which in part led to what is referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties”. My millinery creations thus far this year are most certainly a response to our current climate and to looking forward to the day when we can once again ‘reconnect’ and enjoy a return to celebrations with friends and family in a more normal fashion. I want to be well prepared for that day so I’m preparing a plethora of hats to reimagine the Cloches which defined the millinery styles of the 1920’s and the adventurous women who wore them.  

Materials and Techniques

Merino wool tops, upcycled vintage silk fabric and beaded fabric. Nuno-felted, and then blocked.

Artwork size in CM: Height 17.8 cm; Circumference (59 cm); US hat size 7-3/8, UK hat size 7-1/4

 

Artwork 3 Title:

When the Twenties Roared

In recent months my hat-making has turned to styles reminiscent of the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties. Perhaps this is due to the current world in which we find ourselves. In looking back at history, just a little over a hundred years ago (1918), the world was dealing with the Spanish flu pandemic, necessitating quarantines/confinements, masks, etc., much as we are today. And when that frightening period in history came to end, along with an end to other historical turbulences such as WWI, people were ready to celebrate each and every day, which in part led to what is referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties”. My millinery creations thus far this year are most certainly a response to our current climate and to looking forward to the day when we can once again ‘reconnect’ and enjoy a return to celebrations with friends and family in a more normal fashion. I want to be well prepared for that day so I’m preparing a plethora of hats to reimagine the Cloches which defined the millinery styles of the 1920’s and the adventurous women who wore them.

Materials and Techniques

Merino wool tops, upcycled vintage silk fabric and beaded fabric. Nuno-felted, and then blocked.

Artwork size in CM: Height 17.8 cm; Circumference (59 cm); US hat size 7-3/8, UK hat size 7-1/4

 


Elana Sigal

Title: Sign Of The Times
This piece is reminiscent of a kaleidoscope in the patterns in the felted fringed border. The constantly  changing nature of the patterns in a kaleidoscope reflect changes in our daily life. The centre section is separated and is composed of cells. These cells are ever-changing as are those which are present in the Covid-19 virus. Each cell or bubble can be a reference to our need for social distancing and maintaining our household bubbles to prevent the spread of Covid. A Kaleidoscope can be used as an escape from our regular daily view of things in our immediate world. An escape that seems much needed at this time. The piece is shaped like a shield to reflect how we need to shield ourselves against and from the present pandemic.  

 

Materials and Techniques
Wet and needle felted wool

 

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