Monday, April 8, 2013

Hats Off

It started with this quickly-put-together inspiration board.
I had been thinking about having a good photographic record taken of the hats I make for a very long time so I took Stephanie up on the offer immediately.
I also always knew I wanted Rachelle to model them - even though, as it turned out, said lovely person inside and out, had never modelled before. In my heart of hearts I knew she had the perfect hat-face for the kind I make so I must thank my lucky stars that they aligned in such a way in the right place and at the precise moment in time for this shoot to happen the way it did.

It ran like well-oiled clockwork, the sun shone and the location gods smiled down on us.

What did I say about the location gods?

Waking up early to a day like this was an added bonus. It got me thinking that perhaps I must have done something extraordinarily good in a past life to deserve all this.

I got my first lessons in setting up lights and was reunited for the second time with the beloved reflectors. I had missed my shiny shiny circles since we last met on set.

Credits and thanks and a handful of kisses go to ...

photographer: Stephanie Galea
model: Rachelle Spiteri
make-up artist: Dyna Spiteri

location: a bit of heaven thanks to Mr. R. Bianchi

all hats, brooches as well as some of the clothes are one-off pieces by yours truly a.k.a. Babettopolis

These are the final shots!
alternatively you can view the lot in a better format on Stephanie's own website!
actually, I suggest it.





Spring is in the air ..

... and with the much appreciated help of my parents-in-law, I had the pleasure of seeing grandma's chandeliers up and alight! Following a nail-biting and nerve-testing re-wiring, I drove to the ironmonger's and got me a bag full of light bulbs. Now, I see and love-what-I-see better than ever before. 

ceiling roses and some hardcore (and inevitable :s) dusting and polishing later.. I was one happy bunny!
fixing up a couple of rooms needn't cost a lot .. I live by that mantra and in inestimable gratitude for the constant support and help of family members who are handy with pliers and glue!

to top it all off, a neighbour gave me two pretty (one beaded, one shimmery lame) evening bags, just like that, out of the blue - may I just say: surprise gifts RULE!

and in the midst of it all, piles of clothes needed a thorough ironing in preparation for the Babettopolis photoshoot which was to/did take place on Saturday - a healthy mix of handmade and vintage pieces to complement some of the many hats I made over the past two years.
Now that the photos are out (more on that later!) and it's Monday again .. I can't help recalling the excitement that the Friday prior to the shoot brought with it - at last I was to have some professional help with documenting my work - and for that I'm super grateful!

so, yes, spring is in the air ... cat is shedding fur .. and I'm stuck indoors, dedicating whatever time is leftover after the sewing is done to spring cleaning and piling and sorting and dusting in anticipation of the next swap party!