Rosehip Hat Designs are classic, modern and reflect the prevailing mood of fashion. Each hat is a new expression, a story waiting to be told, a fusion of culture, texture, colour – the tale comes to life when the hat is worn. Each hat is made one-of-a-kind (by me!) and features sustainable fabrics: re-invented vintage textile treasures; earth-friendly fibres such as hemp and organic cotton; and a variety of natural fibre repurposed materials.
I’ve been a hat designer forever, or thereabouts – my love for the art of millinery came about from a life-long passion for the expression of personal style through fashion.
My grandmother (Nana) was an expert seamstress, and at a wee age I begged her to teach me to sew. My first lesson included making a coordinating hat from the leftover fabric! Many more lessons followed, then as a young creative type during the 60′s & 70’s, I began experimenting with many traditional textile techniques which had become popular from a renewed interest in the Folk Arts. Then, simply, one thing led to another. Formal fashion design training in the 80′s helped to hone my mostly self-taught skills as well as introduce me to a variety of surface design applications.
Today I continue to explore new ways of designing with textiles as tools and technologies evolve, inspiring fresh design ideas and excitement for my craft. The foundation of my work is created from connections: between threads and fabrics; style and function; artist and audience; between the present and the past and the lessons of my grandmothers; between the head, the heart, the hands.
Welcome! … Shari
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Training: University of the Fraser Valley – Fashion Arts Diploma/Textiles British Columbia Institute of Technology – Venture Program (business start-up) Vancouver Community College – Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (instructor of Textile Science and History of Costume) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Team RoseHip: Shari & Kalisha Reid (Filberg Festival 2010)
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|Circle Craft||a co-operative made up of BC craftspeople dedicated to progressive marketing of craft, active promotion of craft and education of members and public; yearly Christmas show & sale in mid-November|
|Filberg Festival||Western Canada’s largest outdoor arts show scheduled yearly on the BC Day long weekend in Comox, BC; a world-wide reputation for excellence of the work of juried artisans|
|FTA||Fashion Takes Action – a Toronto-based social and environmental organization promoting and supporting the sustainable fashion movement|
|GI Works||Granville Island Works – stories of the people that make Granville Island|
|GIBCA||Granville Island Business and Community Association – business and community groups of Granville Island|
|GIDVA||Granville Island Day Vendors Association – a non-profit organization representing the artisans and craftspeople of the Public Market at Granville Island|
|Granville Island||a popular pedestrian-friendly Vancouver, BC destination site featuring a thriving public market, entertainment, arts and culture, parklands, maritime and industrial heritage|
|Hopewell Works||Vancouver-based company; custom laser cutting and engraving of plastics, textiles, glass, wood etc|
|Leveraged Business Solutions||a full service, ‘back office’ company for busy professionals.|