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Paula Singleton makes hats completely by hand– from start to finish. Wooden molds, some of which are antiques, are used in the process and the hats are sewn with the utmost attention to detail. She typically begins with a piece of millinery straw or felt and creates a unique shape by blocking or hand-sculpting it using both modern and time-honored millinery techniques. She may incorporate found objects, vintage collectibles, sinamay, fabric and other materials to create her designs. All materials are of the highest quality and come from around the globe.
Clients may see Paula’s designs online or by visiting the What a Great Hat studio in Fairlawn, Ohio. Many pieces are custom-made to complement a specific dress or outfit. More importantly, they are designed to enhance the features of the wearer. Color, shape, scale and balance are integral to creating a look that’s unique, beautiful and tailored to each client.
Paula achieved a certificate in millinery from the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Lakewood, Ohio and has been creating hats for ten years. She has completed numerous workshops with leaders in the field of millinery.
Each of the last five years, Paula had a hat for display in the Kentucky Derby Museum, earning the “Judges Choice” award in 2010. Her hats have also won prizes in art shows throughout the United States.
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