Must Stash Steampunk Haberdashery
Patricia Lee, Magic Pat
Describe your company/organization.
My company sells mini hats in top hat and derby styles. Our designs are original and "happen" during the process of making each one rather than following a set plan. This creative process is incorporated in all the items we sell which includes jewelry made from metal zippers, recycled bottles, containers, and jars in a shabby chic style to spats. Currently we are looking to provide other items such as dolls and paper goods to our inventory so be on the look out for these additions to the website.
What makes what you do unique?
My son designs many of the central pieces that are incorporated in the hat band of the fascinators. All mini hats are made of fabric and have two tabs underneath for attaching to the head with clips or with the plastic headband (included). Hats have various embellishments of gears, cogs, timepieces, chains, feathers, etc. Of note, one of my hats was entered as a way of showing how to recycle cardboard and won a blue ribbon.
What inspired you to do what you do?
I have been doing crafts all my life from the first pair of shoes I made on a toy sewing machine for my Pebbles doll (yes, Pebbles Flintstone had to have shoes). I was 10 and on my way to a fashion career. My mother taught me to knit, crochet and sew but I liked to be challenged to learn every craft I could. My degree is in Textiles, Clothing, and Merchandising from the University of Kentucky. However, my career lead me down a different path working in the administrative and human resources field while I raised a family. During this time, my ventures into crafts and sewing was used to design costumes for Halloween and school plays for my 3 boys. My love for fashion and costuming and my ability to make what I envision has been ignited again with my retirement. Rory, my middle son, has a flair for Steampunk and was the first to show me this world of alternative history. We collaborate on design ideas and critique each other on our items. This has been a truly family oriented endeavor. Wow, what a way to have fun and use all the things I've learned along the way.
Your most cherished product/performance and why?
At this time, I am most proud of a mixed media sign of my logo that I made to place at conventions. This incorporated using various forms of art such as dimensional stenciling, decoupage, paint and adding various embellishments to convey the steampunk idea. However, this changes with each item as the creation process produces something new and unique. Most items I'd rather keep than sell but it pleases me immensely to see another person's delight in what I've made and it becomes their cherished item.