End of September I had a quick trip to Melbourne to surprise my dear friend and mentor,Waltraud Reiner, to be there for her Talking Hats show.
Waltraud was at the helm of a 4 woman design team – herself, Katrin Juchems from Germany, Queenslander Brianna Minuzzo and Tamati Aino from Japan – who put together a collection of over 30 hats as metaphors to life stages and situations.
The hats were made with a variety of materials and techniques – sometimes defying gravity, some simply breathtaking.
This was a One Night Only affair held in a gallery. I had received sneak peaks over the time of production but nothing could have prepared me for the event I was privileged to see that night.
The hats, the models, the music, the background visuals….it all was so perfectly curated and orchestrated…all I could think of after the show was that I wanted to see it again – a sentiment that was expressed by many others.
The whole process was actually filmed, including a de-brief of the design process as well as the show. This in turn allows for a documentary being put together which might be entered at a future Film Festival.
Here are some impressions.
All proceeds from the evening were donated towards a Mental Health for children project.