Artists, New Vendors
Indoor Winter Market, Outdoor Market
The Mill City Farmers Market enthusiastically welcomed Hat Make to our art market in 2016. Hat Make is a Minneapolis-based millinery owned by Celina Kane. Celina creates each of her handmade hats using traditional millinery materials: felt made from rabbit fur, buckram from England, natural fabrics and trims such as silk, cotton & silk velvet from the highest quality manufacturers around the world purchased from local businesses in the Twin Cities and in New York.
Sustainability is a major element in the resurgence of artisan crafts- it’s not just about making a higher quality product, it’s about scaling back the size of production and localizing manufacturing to decrease it’s environmental footprint. While millinery is such a niche industry and requires a lot of imported materials because there simply aren’t as many manufacturers in this day and age, Celina seeks ways to keep her business as local and sustainable as possible. For example, the blocks that she forms her hats on are made in Shakopee, MN, much of the materials she purchases from local textile businesses, and her fur comes from Northern Minnesota.
Celina’s bio from Hat Make’s website:
Educated at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I triple-majored in Art History, Political Science & French Studies. While studying in Paris in 2011, I saw how my passion for art, culture, history, and design combined into one medium: millinery. I began visualizing hats in everything around me and became possessed by ideas of how unusual shapes and objects could become extraordinary headdresses.
After graduating in 2013, I returned to Europe with the purpose of consuming as much art as possible, furthering my hand at drafting, and determining how I would navigate my love of hats. In Budapest, letting my mind free-associate upon the moving images of Gordon-Matta Clark cutting a Parisian building in half, I felt compelled to “hat make.”
Once home I immediately enrolled in Master Milliner Anya Caliendo’s Premier Advanced Couture Millinery course in New York, NY.
Studying under Caliendo was a dream come true, her couture creations speak for themselves but in addition to being a great artist she is committed to the return of prestigious American millinery and is a dedicated teacher. There I refined my technique and gained the skills I needed to pursue a life and business in creating headpieces that express my point of view.
March of 2015 I launched HAT MAKE with my Debut Collection entitled “The Leopard and the Lark.” Inspired by the soft winter landscape of Minnesota and 1960s French & Italian film, the Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection is equal parts minimalist and surrealist, geometric and whimsical. I sculpt each hat and headpiece by hand using the finest quality materials to create wearable art imbued with fantasy, mystery & romance.
Since introducing my line of handmade headwear I have continued my education in couture techniques through workshops with Hand & Lock Couture Embroidery House, millinery workshops with talented MN milliner Karen Morris, and master class with Anya Caliendo.