Each year, Kentucky Monthly Magazine does a Derby Issue in April. This year, writer Melissa Burton came to my house and interviewed three different hat designers. It was a sun filled morning with Wales Hunter, the photographer, being the only male present among ten chattering ladies. Melissa brought donuts and we swore off our diets and indulged.
Angie, Tessa and I are very different in our backgrounds and design styles. However we all have the common tie of being designers and business women who love what we do.
The story behind Zola, which was chosen for the cover is unusual. While at FIT, one of my instructors told us to never throw out our scraps because you just never know when you may need something to finish a hat. I had dyed the fabric used in the Zola headpiece back in 2003 and just never found the right use for it. My husband and I moved to a new home back in December. While unpacking boxes, I found this material. I twisted and sculpted it, puttng it on a hat base. Then I added a few flowers and it was done. I almost did not take it to the photo shoot, but since it was little, I did.
Kentucky Monthly is a nice magazine. Even though I grew up in Kentucky, I constantly learn new things about my state from the magazine. It features wonderful recipes as well, so I walk away learning many things.