Fabric rose curls are one of my signature hat trims trims. Created in dupioni silk, silk organza, taffeta and chiffon, they adorn the hats that I create for teas, weddings and the Kentucky Derby.
Inspiration for my rose curls comes from the wild and cultivated roses that grow in abundance here on Cape Cod. Getting outside with my camera to shoot roses at the beach and nearby gardens gives me such a feeling of stillness and peace which I then bring to bear into the creative process as I sculpt my hat trims back in my studio.
Years ago a wonderful rose garden at our town’s community center was created that I love to visit. Lately however the weather has been most uncooperative for outdoor photography due to clouds and rain. The other day, after dealing with cabin fever long enough, I waited till the rain stopped, grabbed my camera and made a beeline for the garden. I thought that if I could just smell the roses, I would be inspired, my senses reawakened.
The trip was full of surprises. For starters, a stone eagle greeted me as I approached the garden, obviously under his protection.
The light offered another surprise. Rose after rose, still wet with raindrops after the latest shower, were bathed in a soft light that made the colors pop even as skies were darkening above. The effect was amazing.
It was a gift, on a day that only moments before had promised only cloudbursts and thunderclaps. Full of wonder and inspired once again to create my roses, I headed home with my camera filled with images to remind me that there is always beauty and magic in between the raindrops if I just remember to look.
‘Til next time, thanks for visiting me at Hats and Horses!