Kim Faircloth Fraser | Orange County Artists Guild
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Working with the beautiful, sumptuous, and sometimes rare materials of millinery, I create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces that articulate the personality and mood of the wearer while setting a modern example of careful craftsmanship and slow fashion.

I have long been drawn to textiles and clothing as a means of creative self-expression and find deep satisfaction in making beautiful things to wear, particularly hats. I was briefly a sculpture major in college and at its best, millinery is really a form of sculpture that happens to be both portable and wearable. To shape a hat, I must steam the foundation materials to soften them, then mold and drape them by hand, pinning and taking tiny, invisible stitches to hold a shape. There is a meticulous and meditative quality to the time-consuming hand-stitching required in millinery, and I love that part of the process. Learning and preserving old millinery techniques, many of which are falling away from us now in our disposable-fashion society, are also a part of my practice.

Appointments are available at my studio for custom commissions and local pick-ups. I am fully vaccinated and wear a face mask indoors when visitors are present. I request that visitors over 12 years of age also be fully vaccinated, and that all visitors over age 2 wear a face mask inside my studio.

Ready-to-wear hats with free domestic shipping are available here.

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Hatnip
4113 Whitfield Rd.
Chapel Hill
NC
27514
919-923-6988

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