Hat especially made for Think Pink Cancer Fundraising auction
Handmade and Original
Each one of a kind head piece is handmade and crafted by me. The quality of the wool, the process of felting and finishing, every stitch sewn, every piece of detail, every feather, custom made, designed, and crafted by my two hands. It takes me approx 30 hours to make each head piece. No machines, no assembly line, no two are the same.
I am interested in participating in and/or collaborating on projects based on contemporary art, enviromental and cultural awareness, photographic projects, exhibiting, textile exhibitions, fashion shows, art couture, styling and design. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org Candice Hernexx
Candice Herne is a visual artist working on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Working since 2002, Herne has exhibited Community Arts Projects, photographs, drawings, paper installations, paintings, and felted and natural fibre sculptures in solo and group exhibitions in Brisbane, Regional Queensland and Melbourne. A finalist in the 2005 Churchie National Emerging Artists Exhibition with her narrative painting 'City for sale' commenting on the boom in the Real Estate Industry. 2007 Herne started a progressive support and collaborative intiative 'Mothers Group' 2010 Herne travelled around Australia in a caravan with her husband and 2 children for 10 months, documenting, blogging, photographing and making small natural ochre pigment, paintings. 2011 Herne started grassroots Community Arts Projects and exhibited the work at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery Queensland Australia a part of the Group Exhibition Mamas in the hood-Mothers Group. The work titled 'School' a collaborative, interactive Pinata installation commenting on contemporary ideas about Motherhood, Art, Politcs, Community and Society. Herne's work is held in private collections in Australia.
As an artist, these one-off hat designs connect me to my environment and the natural world. I have created them to be unique, sculptures designed to support your sense of individual expression and couture style. I have been inspired by two distinct aesthetics - Victorian era millinery and Japanese Ikebana.
Victorian era bonnets and hats embraced an ostentatious aesthetic and risk-taking approach to fashion. I admire the bold brash designs, the flamboyant flowers, feathers and embellishments. This was a period of change (towards the exotic) in fashion with the introduction of decorative birds and feathers. Whole native birds and feathers adorned bonnets and hats, ushering in the start of the feather and plume trade while controversy surrounded the idea of animal cruelty. The past offers limitless inspiration. In hindsight the boldness, the risks and the over-the-top designs of this period are obvious to the contemporary artist.
The architectural style of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) captures my imagination and delights my sense of design etiquette. There is a sense of mission, spirituality, style, balance, flow, minimalism, intimacy and an intricate sense of grace and sculpture. It is a disciplined art form where nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana requires that all elements are organic, drawing emphasis towards natural shape, graceful line, form and colour combinations all creating an implicit meaning. These sculptures are symbolic of the sun, heaven, earth, man and moon. The style gives one a sense of closeness to nature – relaxation for the mind, body and soul – highlighting the parts of nature we often overlook. Proponents of Ikebana express a desire for people to become more patient and tolerant of differences not only in nature, but in general.
I have embraced these influences in creating contemporary, sculptured ‘art couture’ head-pieces. These pieces embrace my idea of living a more connected and peaceful existence while paying homage to a little risqué, fun, flash and flavour.