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February - original hat designs and experiments

 

 

After January slips through my fingers, suddenly it's February.  

And that means it's time to let my mind wander around the beguiling subject of designing new hats for the year ahead and beyond.  What will I do?  What will I make in 2016?

It's a different state of mind - it's not sensible or business-like (that comes later).  But once I start to think of hat designs, then so many possibilities and variations come to mind.  They always do.  There are never any shortage of ideas.  

People often suggest to me that I look at the work of other milliner's or look at what else is in the store, but I find that a risky thing to do.  Once you've seen it, it can influence you way too much and you loose the originality of your own style and designs.  I prefer to set my mind to "DREAM" and see what happens.

I love this time and could happily live in a dreamy design world everyday.  

Stay shady. Stay watching.

 

The Sumptuous Supporting Cast - behind-the-scenes

For the interiors shots in Monty's Shack at Coaster's Retreat, I was beyond delighted to be able to use a suite of divine products to create that tropicana-luxe feel that makes the perfect lifestyle setting for my summer hats.

With thanks to the beautiful and talented people behind Homeworks Design (for the retro tropical cushions), Goss Lingerie (for the white lace robe), Olsen Design (for the interior screen using "The Great Shalimar" fabric) and Bethany Linz (designer of the Great Shalimar fabric) for their kindness in lending me their beautiful products for my photo shoot.

 

 

 

That's all!  With a smile,

Shooting Summer - behind-the-scenes

Here's my behind-the-scenes pictorial of the photo shoots for the Carolyn Unwin High Summer 2015 collection of summer hats.  

Just to make things far more complex than they probably needed to be, I ended up doing two photo shoots in two of my favourite locations - Cremorne Point, Sydney and Coaster's Retreat off Palm Beach in Sydney.  

The Cremorne Point shoot allowed me to capture all the wonderful angles and reflective surfaces of the new ferry pontoon with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House often popping up in the background.   And as you can tell from the grin on my face, it was fun!

 

Goofing around in the new Diablo Henley.

 

Loving that iconic Harbour Bridge & Diablo Henley.  

 

Now I see what I look like from behind.  With a design that didn't make the final cut.

 

And the Coaster's Retreat shoot, revisited the site of last years shoot, capturing the unique Australian beauty, light and colour of Australia's Pittwater.

Papped.

 

Breather.

 

Going walkabout.

 

Critical infrastructure in the romantic light of sunset.

With thanks to Brittney Bloomer, Simon Kenny, Maurice Parker and Peter Girdis for making it all possible.  

Indian Summer

Indian Summer (noun):  a period of unusually dry, warm weather occuring in late autumn.  Many people think that the term relates to the grand Asian subcontinent, but this is not so.  Instead, the term began to be used when European settlers first came across the phenomenon in North America.  The exact origin of the term remains unclear, but perhaps it relates to the time of the year that the Native Americans set prairie fires, harvested their crops or ended their raids on European settlements.  
Regardless, with the Indian summer phenomenon on glorious display in Sydney, I'm in the mood for the tribal inspiration of the proud Cherokee, Sioux, Blackfoot, Algonquin and all the Native American peoples.
With a smile,

Farewell to Summer

Summer.

It never seems to last long enough but maybe that's part of why it seems so precious. 

It's officially autumn and yet, it's still warm and sunny in Sydney. 

So as I prepare to welcome autumn, here are five perfect images that sum up the supreme joy of summer to me. 

My little photographic homage........ to summer (clink!) ......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a smile,

 

 

 

Sirocco Hats at Pittwater....

Images of my Sirocco hats in their various guises.....and photos I took at one of my favourite spots in Sydney - up the top.....it can only be beautiful Pittwater.

 With a smile,

1 December = Summer

Oh Summer - I've been waiting for you. 
I'm kind of excited about the arrival of summer and I'm told I really have to increase my blog posts (I know, I know), but I have trouble imagining what I should blog about and ramble on about.  I think I may have blogger's block.  I certainly am deeply suspicious of whether anyone else will read this.  Does anyone really care?  I feel like I'm talking to a tree.
But it's the 1st of December and the first day of summer, so if I must blog, then this auspicious date makes it rather impossible to talk about anything else...... other than what I am looking forward to most over December and January.  And if I am only talking to myself, then at least I know that I will enjoy the subject of my conversation.
And so my summer beach routine, I anticipate you.  You are tried and tested, perfected and honed and needless to say, you are deeply loved. 
You go something like this....
  • Swimming and swimming and swimming and swimming in the saltwater and surf
  • Being underwater and weightless
  • Bursting through the top of a wave just before it breaks
  • Getting really really hungry but not wanting to get out of the surf
  • Getting really cold because you've been in the surf way too long
  • Warming up in the sun - hat on, towel over your back, toes in the sand and letting the salt dry on your skin
  • Fish and chips and ice-cream
  • Rinse and repeat....

 

Of course, there is so much more that I love about summer, but that's another conversation with myself......

 

With a smile,