Here is "The Thief: Ruby Hunter" hat of my new "Sanctum" Collection I promised to show you in more detail last time. If any hat in my career as a milliner demanded skills, patience, knowledge and more skills it was, without a doubt, THIS hat. I think I have mentioned in one of my previous posts about my "Asylum" hat that several hats of my Sanctum Collection were created with the use of the extremely rare feathers of Bird of Paradise. The bird itself for this hat was assembled from multiple plumes of an actual Bird of Paradise. The hunt for this feathers lasted several months with one hope in mind: to create the hat that I kept envisioning in detail for a long time. The plumes traveled to me from many parts of the world until one day I had enough of them to design the hat. All plumes initially came to me in all shades of dirty white, yellowish brown and gray and so the first challenge was to die feathers in the multiple shades of reds with pink and fuchsia hues to give the color extra depth. The process took almost a week before I achieved the color I had in mind.
Among other challenges I faced with this hat were: assembling the bird itself, creating a base for the hat made out of mink fur ( yes, I have learned and practiced fur made hats with a specific purpose of incorporate fur in my designs), using gold leaf on the brunches of the hat and the head of the bird, placing tiny ruby stone in the beak of the bird to make sure that the hat tells the story in every single little detail. I often get asked which hat out of those I created is my favorite. Well, they all are my favorites, but "The Thief: Ruby Hunter" hat holds a very special place in my hart.:-)
The inspiration for this hat came from a mythical character in Russian Folklore: Fire Bird - a creature who possessed magical powers and divine beauty. This is exactly why the color of the bird was so important to me. It was a thrill, pure pleasure and such a great experience to work on this hat! If there was any time I felt any kind of satisfaction as an artist, a designer and a milliner - it came to me in the process of creation of "The Thief: Ruby Hunter".