Back during my GCSE’s, my main courcework was to make a hat for Ascot. I based mine on the idea of bubble barths. I really enjoyed this project as it was the first time I properly worked with felt, it abled me to make colourful, soft and lightweight 3D shapes that I could then tower together.
When I moved to the UK in 2010, it was the first time I started taking Art and Textiles subjects at school seriously. By the time I got to year 11, I knew I was passionate about Textiles and that I wanted to direct my higher studies in that area. This GCSE coursework was the first time I learnt to make felt and I loved it. The project brief was to make an outgoing hat for the Ascot horse race. As I’m sure many of you did, as a child I loved playing with bubble bath, I used to make very imaginative looking beards and hats. It’s from here that my idea for an over the top bubble bath hat design came to mind. I wanted the hat to have volume, be lightweight and for it to really look like the bubbles were flying away in the air. To start with, I needed a strong base that would keep the balance of the hat, I made this by creating a hollow, felted semi-ball. The bubbles were then needle-felted and stuffed. The dangling balls, are made really simply by rolling the felt with some warm water and soap into the palm of my hands. The dangling, neck part of the hat is the same process as normal felt, but before it dries I created small balls by tying elastic bands randomly, and to help it hold I then put it in the washing machine.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out in the end, It was the first year where I had a Textiles project and I remember really enjoying the entire experimental process of it. Definitely one of the key moments that pushed me into this Textiles fanatic person.