I made my annual pilgrimage to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show last week. Usually, I grab a cab from the train station for the short drive over to Navy Pier but this year I decided to walk it. The city was gray with a heavy fog and though it looked as though it would rain any minute the waterworks held off.
Inside was the usual cacophony of bright colors, spring bulbs and summer perennials and unlikely tropicals all vying for attention. The huge space is always noisy with visitors like me checking out mini landscapes and interesting plants and sculptures for the garden, as well as the steady sound of moving water.
The theme this year was “The Sport of Gardening”. There were references to the various Chicago sports teams and display titles using sports terms. I thought it a bit odd, considering that the majority of consumers that garden are women. I was a bit off-put by the sports references and I think that possibly other visitors were too.
The displays ranged from very simple to totally awesome.
Still, which display was the one that really got me excited?
It was the hats!
There was a large display of hats entitled: “Hats: Wise Women Speak” by a group of Chicago area fiber artists. It has actually inspired me to make a series of journal art hats of my own. With a background in theatrical costume design, it is a natural.
the post-it hat
Carmen Miranda with Dread Locks.
Sweden’s Ode to Summer includes a painted gazebo with a shingled roof of wood and poppies on the wide brim.
My personal favorites, the Ceremonial Hat for the Grand Poobah, made with shoulder pads from blouses;
and a Green Hat made with vegetable and fruit bags. You can click on each photo to get a larger view.
According to their flyer, this is the 7th project that the women have worked on. Past projects have included: Mantles: Women’s Journeys, Circles and Cycles, Blooming Botanicals, Purse-n- alities, Robes: Conceal/Reveal, and 10 Easy Pieces.
You can find out more by going to their website at www.womensjourneysinfiber.com .