The Hat Series (scroll down for images)

"The Hat Series" is a series of works that explores my passion for creativity, drawing and painting, and also my interest in headwear styles and their associated meanings/purposes from history through modern times.In a contemporary society obsessed with projecting social status through participation in popular culture consumption of such things as Smartphones, social media, identifying closely with corporate logos, and also clothing choices and hairstyles, it can be quite apparent that some aspects of society do not change much over time and place.

I have always been fascinated by the headwear one sees in such events as the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and The Royal Ascot here in England. Hats have the power to influence the way in which a person is viewed in a way that no other item of clothing can. From the varying styles of military helmets and headwear, headwear that displays social status and/or wealth, or headwear that is worn for very specific purpose, such as entertainment, religious ceremony, or simply to sleep in, hats have in the past and currently serve very specific purposes for the owner and the viewer.

The artworks I make are informed by real hats found in ancient times up to contemporary headwear. Although having a specific starting point and imagery to work from through research, I take the liberty to add design elements and adapt the original designs to create more visual complexity and interest.I allow myself to explore the use of line, shape, repetition, the use of bold colors, and contrast within the work to inject my imagination and create something that might not resemble the original design at all.At the same time, there are artworks that retain much of the original design and I may simply use color and added components to create a visually exciting piece.

Each artwork is labeled with the original design and/or use, place of origin, and years in which the headwear was used.


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Early Victorian Bonnet

56cm x 76cm

Pen, India Ink, Acrylic Ink on Paper

2016

14th Century European Hunting Hat

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

56cm x 76cm

2016

1920's English Cloche

76cm x 56cm

Pen, India Ink, Acrylic Ink on Paper

2016

15th Century English Horned Headdress

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2015


14th Century English Crespine

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

56cm x 38cm

2015

Early 14th Century English Jesters Hat

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016


Early 20th Century English "Boudoir" Hat

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

56cm x 76cm

2016

**SOLD**

18th Century English Taffeta

Pen, India Ink and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016

Early 1800's Georgian Turban

76cm x 56cm

Pen, India Ink, Acrylic Ink on Paper

2016

14th Century Venetian Escoffion

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

38cm x 56cm

2015


1970's English Summer Holiday Hat

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

56cm x 76cm

2016

14th Century Italian Escoffion

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

56cm x 38cm

2015


20th Cent. High Crowned Toque

76cm x 56cm

Pen, India Ink, Acrylic Ink on Paper

2016

**SOLD**

15th Century European Hunting Hat

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2015


1920's English Cloche

Pen, India Ink and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016

Early 1960's English "Flower Pot" Hat

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

56cm x 76cm

2016

Early 1930's English Hat

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

56cm x 76cm

2016

**SOLD**

Early 14th Century English Jesters Hat

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016

Early 1800's Georgian Bonnet

76cm x 56cm

Pen, India Ink, Acrylic Ink on Paper

2016

**SOLD**

16th Century Turkish High Ranking Official Headwear

Pen and Acrylic Ink on Paper

38cm x 56cm

2015


**SOLD**

15th Century Flanders and French "Hennin"

Pen, Acrylic Ink and Paint on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016

1920's English Cloche

Pen, India Ink and Acrylic Ink on Paper

76cm x 56cm

2016