WELCOME TO DIANE HARTY MILLINERY
An Independent Artist Creating Fine Sewn Braid Hats Out Of Frisco, Colorado
WHY DIANE HARTY & WHY MILLINERY
I stitch each and every hat myself, starting just with strands of braid made of various fibers. I use an antique chainstitch sewing machine fitted with attachments made for this type of hatmaking. This is an old technique of hat construction that dates back to the 1800s. I add a contemporary element by shaping as I stitch. I do not use any premade forms or hat blocks.
I shape each hat as I stitch it together, using tension with my hands. This "free-form" shaping gives each hat a unique shape, and, I feel, maintains freshness and vitality in my work. I approach each hat as an individual sculpture.
Many of my cocktail hats reflect the light side of fashion and its capriciousness, and its power to alter a person when it is worn. I enjoy exploring the ability of fashion to change a person by the simple act of wearing clothing or an accessory such as a hat. It causes one to travel to another part of oneself or change one's personality without going anywhere.
SEE D.H. IN ACTION
To see more, visit "Inside Look" page