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Simply stated, I make hats.


It’s not what I’ve always done (it’s what I’ve done for the past 25 years or so), but a logical series of events led me here.


I graduated from California State University at Northridge with a BA in fine arts specializing in textiles and weaving.  I worked as a textile designer --- this led me to dyeing and painting my designs on fabric.  I made clothing out of the fabric.  To make the clothes look better on the runway, I made a few hats.  The hats were, and continue to be, fun  ― wearable sculpture.


I use the best materials I can find for the job --- usually straw for Spring / Summer, and felt - (either new or recycled vintage) -- for Fall / Winter.  I block the material on antique blocks I’ve been collecting over the years (works of art in their own right --- not to mention, a great history lesson).  I usually finish by hand, adding beads and other embellishments  ----- fine millinery with a twist. 


Most of my hats are designed to be worn any way you want –--- with attitude.

My resume includes works for theater, film, television, and music productions ---- as well as for weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations,  dog walking, and Burning Man.  


I invite commissions.

Amy Smith

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