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