How do you enhance your feelings of confidence and happiness?
By wearing a unique, felted hat, go through your front door ready to face the world, expressively accenting your outfit and life.
How can a hat do this magic?
Indeed, wearing a handcrafted FeltHappiness hat makes you feel special. You will walk differently, taller and with more self-assurance.
I’m Juliane Gorman and I first felted long ago as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. An extracurricular affair, it was a one-off, involving dance and snow. So different from the colorful weaving that drew me to textiles that soon proved too confining. Exploring other fiber arts, I made a series of mixed media, headdress-sculptures for my senior project. Afterward, I took millinery classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and did some freelancing in costume shops.
However, the enchantment of creating went into dormancy while I pursued other day-jobs and parenthood.
Serendipitously, in 2011, I saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. This led to finding a library book on wet felting hats. It was my eureka moment: a craft which combines my love of colorful fiber, with my passion for hats.
Now, energized by the natural world, fairy tales and fine art, I create wearable art hats that are useful, comfortable and flattering.
Further creative and technical explorations arrive with each piece, using the simple combination of Merino wool, soapy water, and my hands. Wool is lightweight, water-resistant and insulating. Truly, it’s a magical fiber, that marries painting with sculpture!
Where am I located?
All of my handcrafted, felted hats are made in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA, where I’ve lived since 2014. Previously, I lived in Norwich, England for eleven years. Hence, some hats were made in the UK.
Worldwide shipping is available, with hats in private collections in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, UK and USA.
Additionally, photographs of my hats have been included in “Worldwide Colours of Felt,” “Felt Matters,” and the catalogue of “Wearable Expressions 7th Annual Juried Exhibition.”
Zo writes “Gorgeous, comfortable, dazzling, very well made, and the envy of all who don’t own one. You can not fully appreciate Felt Happiness Hats until you put one on your head, see how much more interesting they make YOU look, and hear “Great Hat!” from most whom you encounter. Yes: FeltHappiness is aptly named.”
Zo writes “Gorgeous, comfortable, dazzling, very well made, and the envy of all who don’t own one. You can not fully appreciate Felt Happiness Hats until you put one on your head, see how much more interesting they make YOU look, and hear “Great Hat!” from most whom you encounter.
Yes: FeltHappiness is aptly named.”