Phot courtesy Wayne Wichern
A piece of felt, a cloud of steam, and a wooden hat block are the essential ingredients for the making of a blocked hat. Take a peek inside the studio of hat designer Wayne Wichern. Wayne specializes in women’s blocked fashion hats and elegant evening and cocktail hats. Behind each of these elegant hats is the shaping tool known as a hat block. The hat block is a tool made for the millinery trade by a skilled woodcraft artisan, and while the hat block is for practical use in the studio it is itself an amazing artistic achievement.
Wayne Wichern carved a curious path as florist, ballet dancer, and visual display artist to create his 27-year career as a fashion millinery designer and teacher. Wayne teaches semi-private workshops in his Redwood City studio and has taught at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, and Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey. He has work in the textiles collection of the de Young and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.
Presented by the Textile Arts Council.