Kate studied Art and Visual Culture
at Bristol University before focusing
her passion for sculpture and design
Kate recently won a prestigious
industry award through The Hat
Magazine's 'Hat Designer of the
Year 2010' Competition, which led
to her showcasing her collection
at the Paris Premiere Classe Show.
Kate now creates bespoke hats to order from her London based studio in a style which is reverential to the traditional forms of millinery with a contemporary twist. Kate Langrish Millinery creates seasonal capsule ranges which are shown at international trade fairs.
Alongside her design, Kate runs a weekly millinery class at the homeless charity Crisis Skylight London, and has collaborated with Dulwich Picture Gallery - Sackler Centre for Arts Education and Good Times: Art for Older People to develop and run a series of creative millinery workshops.
Kate said: 'It's a pleasure to be working with the charity Brain Tumour Research for their annual Wear A Hat Day campaign as it is such a fantastic cause. I have designed three options in order for each hat to be built upon and interpreted by the individual'.
'What attracted me to the campaign was the challenge of creating a design that is accessible to such a broad spectrum of people and inspires them to interact with a subject that they possibly may not have encountered before'.
'I loved the idea of a downloadable PDF design as making is such a great way to engage and stimulate. This accessible format of millinery allows such a variety of people to get involved'.
'I thought that the campaign was such a compelling idea as brain tumour patients can experience hair loss and leave scars. Therefore an individually created hat is the perfect way to raise awareness of the cause, making the campaign relevant and engaging'.
‘My design process started with the Brain Tumour Research logo; a really simple and graphic design. I based the context of my design for the hat on the circle and the quartered lobe element inherent within the logo. This developed into the 'quadron' aspect of the design, symbolic of the logo, the intention being to create both a hat and a detail that is synonymous with the charity.’
Instructions to make your own bespoke hat and accompanying video are available here (make sure when printing the patterns that your printer is set to print `full size' rather than `scaled to fit'):
Make A Hat Instructions
Pattern - Large (23-25" / 59-64cm)
Pattern - Medium (22-23" / 56-58cm)
Pattern - Small (20-21" / 50-55cm)
Pattern - Quadrons
Make A Hat Video