Saturday, October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! No big plans other than the usual Saturday thrift-fest.... but I decided to wear something a little festive. This hat is to die for, but I usually get "that's creepy" comments when I wear it, so it seemed Halloween-ish enough.
My pics do it no justice what so ever; it's handmade from vintage silk scarves and ties with an exquisite little bird skull and a perfect plume of shiny black feathers. It's on loan to me from my friend Brooke Weston, and the lovely person that crafted it for her is Alicia Justus - both are local Portland artists. Both ladies (along with my man) show their work at the NW Portland Gallery Cannibal's. I encourage anyone in the vicinity to go check this place out - it will change you! Absolutely packed full of art, it's almost like a museum more than a gallery. The exquisite woman that owns and curates it, Pamela Springfield, is like no other, she is a delight and knowledgeable about every piece and everything! Trust me, you NEED one of these hats. Utter perfection. Each one is unique, hand made, and being made of silk - weigh nothing. As far as I know they are exclusively available at Cannibal's.
*BONUS* right next door is the owner's other shop, one of Portland's oldest vintage clothing stores "Keep 'em Flying". Jaw dropping assortment of pristine clothing for gals and guys!
Please take a moment to watch these clips of Alicia (the hat maker) and Pamela (the gallery owner) to restore any faith you may have lost in the potential for humans to be divinely stylish creatures.
Alicia Justus *** Pamela Springfield
at 10:55 AM Posted by christine