Tradition Meets Cutting Edge at the convergence of high quality art, craft, literature, music, film and food at the Lexington (Kentucky) Center, March 1-4, 2012 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. And Georgia Made Georgia Grown, LLC is honored to be invited as an out-of-state guest organization.
Eight Georgia artists, including Milliner Susan Morehead, will be exhibiting and selling at The Market. Get to know a little about her… Stop by to meet her and find your own perfect hat. Susan will be in Booth #468
In Susan Morehead’s own words -
Welcome to my millinery reality!
Growing up in a traditional home where domestic skills and femininity were celebrated, I began sewing at the age of four. Since then, my appreciation for textiles, craft, and costume history has led me on an exciting exploration of creative endeavor.
Sewing my own clothing, creating jewelry, and seizing every opportunity from friends to learn other media, I’ve spent a lifetime developing the craft and attention to detail reflected in my hats.
As I pursued a fine arts degree in fashion design, my love of hats and the guidance of talented instructors came together when I discovered millinery as the perfect medium for creative expression. And millinery’s 19th century history of entrepreneurship for women repeated itself when Suzseams became a millinery label in 2010.
Additionally, the skills of friends and family – particularly my husband, a professional photographer, and now hat block maker — have made it possible for me to create Suzseams. Without their love and support, Suzseams would not have been developed.
Drawing inspiration from milliners like Caroline Reboux, the illustrations of Erte, and the designs of Paul Poiret, my own aesthetic reflects a playful mix of historical references and the use of traditional materials like fur felt, cellophane straw, and unique and evocative vintage embellishments.
My hats reflect a timeless glamour rather than any particular historical period or style; and, my design philosophy emphasizes the personal connections between people and what they wear rather than disposable fads or trends.
After years of hearing women say “I don’t look good in hats”, I find that too few women realize they can wear hats, or most of all, know how the perfect hat can change the way they see themselves. My training in social work and education in psychology and sociology have provided me with a unique perspective on the importance of cultural norms and the impact of self image in our lives.
While the ubiquity of poorly made hats has led many women to mistakenly conclude that they can’t wear hats, the decline of millinery culture has also resulted in a lack of consumer awareness regarding the symbolism and care of hats. To meet this need, I view education — and the belief that everyone looks great in the right hat – as a foundation of Suzseams.
My essential mission is to help more people discover the essential pleasure of a perfect hat, and how it makes them feel!