Belle McCluskey - Boring Sidney Hats and Headdresses
I worked with our online millinery society - the Milliners of Etsy - putting together competitions and bringing well known milliners to be judges.
I offer off-beat bridal headwear for the non-traditional bride. I knew there had to be a market for women who wanted antler headpieces, taxidermy pieces, real insects or conjoined twin doves on their wedding day, and I was right, there are!
I got my start in the theatre making hats for plays and musicals. I have always loved and worn hats, even as a small girl. After years in the theatre I started selling hats online and my business took off.
I have become fascinated with making hats out of unusual items, challenging the notion of what can make a hat, or what a hat can be. I have been rethinking what is considered beautiful and have tried to encourage others to see beauty everywhere. I am enjoying this journey.