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Black Hibiscus Design

Varia Cartledge

Fine millinery


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Beautiful Flower Island
Sinamay, fabric, hand-painted silk



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Dianne
Sinamay, fabric, hand-painted silk



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Kerry
Sinamay, fabric, hand-painted silk


Artist Studio Not Open for 2019

Artists' Statement:
Adrift in rough seas in waves you’re not sure how to navigate, you see an eerie spot of calm. Sunlight breaks through the clouds to reveal a small island set apart from the tempest. You steer your way to its gentle waters, a shallow bay welcoming you. Past a pink sand beach, the island itself is covered in foliage and flowers, brash and beautiful in reds and pinks and purples. Something about this place immediately sets you at ease. Were you at sea? Was there a storm? Looking out from the shore you see only the blue, gentle waves. You could stay here a while, rest among the somnolent buzzing of many pollinators and the heavy scent of jasmine that lures you down to a slow drowse. Welcome to Beautiful Flower Island. This year’s collection of hats and fascinators is an escapist floral fantasy featuring hand dyed and painted silks crafted into lush tropical blooms.

Come and visit my home studio and see this year's collection and many other pieces of my work. Visitors are welcome to try hats on and experience the transformative power of an excess of silk flowers.


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