Silicon Valley Open Studios

Connecting artists to art enthusiasts

Artist: Wayne Wichern

Studio: Wayne Wichern Millinery

Rose Cloche
Title: Rose Cloche
Description: Parisisal Straw, Silk Fabric
Media: Fabric/Wearable Art
Size: 12 x 12 x 10
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Contact Wayne Wichern



Phone: (650) 369-4336

2019  Showings

wheelchair accessible

May 4 - 5 , Site: 1
Peninsula Museum of Art/ Museum Studios

1777 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010


About Wayne Wichern

Hats are a powerful social and cultural marker. In the early, to mid-1900’s the daily wearing of hats was a social norm. People rarely ventured out in public without a suitable hat. Today, you are noticed if you do wear a hat.

Millinery is a rather arcane and low-tech craft; hat blocks, steamers and basic sewing machines are all the equipment required. Hat blocks are wood shapes used by milliners to block felt and straw hats by pulling and stretching felt and straw materials over the hat block to create the shape. Once blocked hats are dry, they are removed from the blocks and cut and stitched to the desired shape then embellished with flowers, feathers or ribbons to create the finished hat.

In continuing traditional millinery craft I bring together the incredible skills of woodworkers, straw weavers, felters, flower and feather trim makers into wearable works of art.