April 6, 2012
Day #44
FIRE!  Beautiful, inspiring, destructive, and magical.  A source of amusement, nourishment, and warmth.  I love fire because unlike the other 3 elements it is not always present around us, but when conjured up it is wholly powerful, a force to be reckoned with.  We wanted to finish with fire because of how dramatic and colorful it is.  Fire would have it no other way, than to be the finale!  I am a sucker for all things sparkly, and was sad to wash off all the rhinestones from my face.  I felt like a statue of a Hindu Goddess. - Sylva

Day #44

FIRE!  Beautiful, inspiring, destructive, and magical.  A source of amusement, nourishment, and warmth.  I love fire because unlike the other 3 elements it is not always present around us, but when conjured up it is wholly powerful, a force to be reckoned with.  We wanted to finish with fire because of how dramatic and colorful it is.  Fire would have it no other way, than to be the finale!  I am a sucker for all things sparkly, and was sad to wash off all the rhinestones from my face.  I felt like a statue of a Hindu Goddess. - Sylva

April 5, 2012
Day #43
Today is a celebration of Earth! I call it a celebration because, let me tell you , it was a real party covering myself in gooey crusty muck and then standing in the cold till it dried!  MMMmmhmm!  Just kidding.  Actually it was super fun!  I have seen images of people covered in flour before but never done it myself, so it was both exciting and rewarding when the texture and look it created was so dramatic and bad ass.  The hat I created for the Earth element is made with moss, a whitewashed branch with hanging chains and metal leaves, and some bones I found in the desert as well as some shark vertebrae.  I wanted to convey the beauty of the earth and its ability to sprout magical trees and grass from its surface, and support all of our lives.  Although we are blessed to enjoy a time here we all eventually die, rot down to the bone, then back to dust, then find ourselves one with the earth again.  Part of why the earth is so beautiful to me is because it is both living and dead, constantly recycling itself and us as well. - Sylva

Day #43

Today is a celebration of Earth! I call it a celebration because, let me tell you , it was a real party covering myself in gooey crusty muck and then standing in the cold till it dried!  MMMmmhmm!  Just kidding.  Actually it was super fun!  I have seen images of people covered in flour before but never done it myself, so it was both exciting and rewarding when the texture and look it created was so dramatic and bad ass.  The hat I created for the Earth element is made with moss, a whitewashed branch with hanging chains and metal leaves, and some bones I found in the desert as well as some shark vertebrae.  I wanted to convey the beauty of the earth and its ability to sprout magical trees and grass from its surface, and support all of our lives.  Although we are blessed to enjoy a time here we all eventually die, rot down to the bone, then back to dust, then find ourselves one with the earth again.  Part of why the earth is so beautiful to me is because it is both living and dead, constantly recycling itself and us as well. - Sylva

April 4, 2012
Day #42
For our second Elements shoot we have decided to do Water.  We figured Air takes up the most volume on the planet, and second to that is Water, which covers 70.78 percent of the Earth’s surface, or about 139.4 million square miles (what what!!).  While my depiction of water cannot possibly come close to the dramatic effects that water has, such as rain storms, ocean waves, floods, tsunami’s, humidity, hydration (and on and on)  I wanted to create something that elegantly depicted its sparkling beauty.   Since most of the water on the planet is in the ocean, I was inspired to include a ship and a Japanese influenced wave, which I covered in beading :-).    I was very excited about how this hat turned out, as I feel it is very different from my normal creations.  Ahoy matey!- Sylva

Day #42

For our second Elements shoot we have decided to do Water.  We figured Air takes up the most volume on the planet, and second to that is Water, which covers 70.78 percent of the Earth’s surface, or about 139.4 million square miles (what what!!).  While my depiction of water cannot possibly come close to the dramatic effects that water has, such as rain storms, ocean waves, floods, tsunami’s, humidity, hydration (and on and on)  I wanted to create something that elegantly depicted its sparkling beauty.   Since most of the water on the planet is in the ocean, I was inspired to include a ship and a Japanese influenced wave, which I covered in beading :-).    I was very excited about how this hat turned out, as I feel it is very different from my normal creations.  Ahoy matey!- Sylva

April 3, 2012
Day #41
I was recently asked to do a series of hats…  Air, Water, Earth and Fire.  I was quite excited as I had been looking for an excuse to do an Elements themed series for quite some time!  I originally created the hats for photographer Rena Durham (http://www.RenaDurham.com) to shoot on children.  The images she sent me are absolutely awesome!  There is something infinitely appealing about a bunch of serious faced children modeling my stuff!  This is the first of the hats, air, which was definitely the most difficult for me to come up with, as air has no physically visible form.  I wanted it to mimic the softness of clouds in the sky, and the beauty of birds fluttering around.  I also wanted to  show movement, as air is constantly moving around us, which is why I decided to have the birds seemingly flock off to one direction.  I am excited to share the rest of the series with you as well, so you can look forward to that in the days to come!- Sylva

Day #41

I was recently asked to do a series of hats…  Air, Water, Earth and Fire.  I was quite excited as I had been looking for an excuse to do an Elements themed series for quite some time!  I originally created the hats for photographer Rena Durham (http://www.RenaDurham.com) to shoot on children.  The images she sent me are absolutely awesome!  There is something infinitely appealing about a bunch of serious faced children modeling my stuff!  This is the first of the hats, air, which was definitely the most difficult for me to come up with, as air has no physically visible form.  I wanted it to mimic the softness of clouds in the sky, and the beauty of birds fluttering around.  I also wanted to  show movement, as air is constantly moving around us, which is why I decided to have the birds seemingly flock off to one direction.  I am excited to share the rest of the series with you as well, so you can look forward to that in the days to come!- Sylva