Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Grungy Hat Journal has Disco fever

Aug 1st I added the small soft brown circles around the corners and filling in some spots. I am happier with it now. It feels good. I wouldn't promise its finished but it is at a good resting place. :) I have so many ideas for pages I am excited to start on them.

Seth Apter started a project called the Disintegration Project way back last fall and after taking part in it I have used some of my resultant treasure to create my new Hat Journal. This was the cover a few days ago. I am thinking it needs still a little something but it hasn't come to me yet. I know it will :) To see how this project first started go here.

And the back cover

I am a real hat fan and always have been I have so many ideas for pages in this new journal.


Here is the first page and inside cover.
I love Buster Keaton in his Pork Pie hat!


I went to Artfest in 2007 and decorated a top hat in Michael De Meng's class the Mad Hatter. It was an awesome class I loved it and my hat. It is a tribute to my crazy horse I had called Jazz. He was a dressage horse, hence the top hat. He loved to play with the hose especially when it was hot in the summer and he loved being sprayed. He was very dexterous with his lips and teeth and could open almost any latch, Velcro or zippered pockets, you name it he could open it. He was larger than life and liked to intimidate other animals or people if they let him. But he was a sweet soul and didn't have a mean bone in his very energetic body. Training him was a huge challenge. Extremely sensitive on one hand but ready to jump out of his skin in the blink of an eye. I found jumping actually calmed him down and he was really good at it. An astute technician that paid strict attention to the job at hand and tried to make each jump perfect. He was so athletic that I had complete confidence that no matter what he would get over the jump cleanly. What an amazing feeling! Oops sorry I got a bit off track there. Also on the hat is a bit, domino's, drawer pulls a vent and other silly stuff. Jazz had an amazing sense of humour for a horse and this hat also evokes the fun in his personality.

22 comments:

Marilyn Rock said...

Fabulous projects here Pattio! Love the hat theme and the meaning behind it. Hugs, Marilyn

The Weaver of Grass said...

I once joined in a competition to make a hat from three sheets of news paper anything could be added
We had half an hour to make it and I fiddled and messed about folding, cutting and pleating.
The one which won was brilliant and was just the paper scrunched up. It taught me a valuable lesson art-wide "Keep it simple."

deb said...

Happy Birthday and I like your hat journal, what a quirky idea!

ArtPropelled said...

The hat journal is brilliant!

DymphieM said...

lovely journal :)

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

Hats off to you!!! Great post!

Gail P said...

Well done! I'm a hat person too, just never thought about using them the way you have, very inspiring.

nancy neva gagliano said...

ooooolala to hats....wish more fit me.....great colors and presentation!! brava

nancy neva gagliano said...

pattie....thanks for taking the time to turn the pages of my book by going to youtube!! such a surprise that you did that.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love back stories and this was wonderful, as was the hat project that came out of Seth's DisCo. Nice job.

Studio Sylvia said...

Hat off to you. Your hat book is looking good.

Renee Howell said...

Loved the horse story. We, too, had a horse, Cannonball, who was quite the character. Among other things, he would bite the buttons off unsuspecting shirts. Great start for your book!

Julie Prichard said...

Great idea!!

Wayne Pitchko said...

nice one indeed

Lisa Sarsfield said...

A hat journal! How cool! I never seen one of those before:) I really like the page in the bottom photo here with the bits of string. Very nice:)

Pattio said...

Wow! Thanks to all of you for your comments. And thanks to Seth for another awesome idea to bring the art comunity closer together.

Cheers

BT said...

What an awesome journal you are creating in the 'hat' theme. I love the story of your fabulously funny horse Jazz. What a character. Our dog is called Buster!

alteredbits said...

this is great! i love hats too. :) you did a fabulous job on your piece!!

Seth said...

Excellent journal and such an interesting and unique theme to explore. So cool that you created a piece that you will continue to work in!! Thanks so much for being a member of the DisCo crew!!

diane said...

A lovely beginning, with a great story =)
May you always be inspired as you make your journey!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Wonderful weathered feel to what you've created, great theme and such an interesting post as well!

herminesplace said...

Its absolutely gorgeous