Tuesday, 1 June 2010

The Gallery - Still Life with Hat

Tara set us "Still Life" as the subject for The Gallery this week, and it's probably the hardest thing she's set.  I wanted to take fruit, or flowers, or a skull, or a flayed ox.  But I lack the props, the camera and the talent.

So I thought I'd give you one of my hats.  This one, to be precise.  Surrounded by the detritus of a millinery workshop. 




It's still. It's my new life.  It fits...

But it still felt wrong.  So I resorted to Google.  And found this:


And if Van Gogh can put a hat in a picture, so can I.  So, ladies and gentlemen. I give you:

Still Life with Hat and Horrid Worktop (2010)



Oh, and the hat? I  made that one too.



Still Life with Yellow Hat (1885) by Vincent Van Gogh.  Picture from vangoghgallery.com.  Thank you.

30 comments:

  1. love the van gogh setting in the modern world - very imagination

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  2. oh my! I LOVE it! Your hat is amazing! And then what fun to "reenact" the hat still life. Brilliant!! Maggy x

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  3. That's really clever - the idea and the execution! Loving your hats. You're very talented. When are we going to see you on that High Street programme with Jo Malone? You'd clean up.

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  4. What a fabulous idea, gosh the possibilities are endless with this one aren't they?

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  5. I think I need to see your hats on heads!! But saying that I too love the VG inspired one

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  6. What a great idea! Love how you have adapted the original to include everyday objects from your own life, like the spoon etc - instead of just copying "word for word", as it were. Do you really make hats? So talented.

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  7. Love the idea, brilliant, clever and well done :) Jen.

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  8. Brilliant! I love the Van Gogh copy. Nice hats too.

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  9. Really fab reenactment idea and so cool that you can make hats!

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  10. That's a great idea for a still life image! Love it

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  11. You're really talented - but I guess you know that already?

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  12. Definitely a Van Gogh in the making!
    I adore the first hat, it's absolutely stunning! So talented.

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  13. Very Royal Garden Party hat! I think Van Gogh could have made something incredible with that image.

    CJ xx

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  14. Very funny picture at the end. And, again, beautiful hats.

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  15. Golly! Look at all those lovely and flattering comments. Thank you all so much, especially for saying nice things about the hats. The website and business are under construction.... so watch this space (although I wouldn't recommend holding your breath).

    And in answer to a few specifics:

    Yes Julie, I really do make them... I love it, and I'm hoping to turn it into a pocket money maker. I'm glad you liked the little touches too. Lacking a Meerschaum (sp?) pipe, I thought the freebie spoon was a nice touch. Glad it was appreciated!

    And Deer Baby - haven't seen it, but I'll have to look out for it now... although I don't think Accessorize have much to worry about!

    Oh and PM, having seen a friend (and fellow milliner)'s new website, have been having doubts, so thank you for the confidence boost x

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  16. That is the cleverest wittiest thing I've seen in the whole of Tara's Gallery.

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  17. That first hat is amazeballs. End of.

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  18. Why, Ms Manhattan, you'll make me blush!

    And Carrie, if you need something for your wedding, let me know!

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  19. ps Carrie - just in case you read this - there's something funny going on with comments on your blog. I can click to say I want to leave one, but then there's no box to put it in.... Anyway, happy anniversary!

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  20. My goodness, I love everything! Love the hats and the Van Gogh imitation. Can't wait to see your new site - I love hats!

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  21. OMG!!! I just ADORE this Van Gogh re-enactment. Complete with the pink plastic spoon. You are absolutely brilliant.

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  22. And the blue flame hat is out of this world. I would totally wear it every day if I had one like it. It would make me feel like a rock star.

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  23. Oh well done! Clap, clap clappety clap! Brilliant! Clever lady.

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