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The Lady in the Hat

March 14, 2011

My mother wore a hat like nobody’s business. She had a way of setting a wide-brimmed straw squarely atop her tiny head like a crown, and when she stepped into a room, she wasn’t greeted with, “Hello, how are you?” but “Girl, where did you get that hat?!” Everyone can’t rock a hat but Miss Rose certainly could. So it should not be much of a surprise that hats pop up again and again in the Gallery. Moms put her stamp on me from Day One.

Our featured piece this week is WINDY. It’s not only a tribute to Miss Rose but also my home town, the Windy City, Chicago. Gusts on Michigan Ave. can blow you right over. Keeping your hat on and your dress down is a major challenge some days. But this print brings a sweet, don’t-worry-about-a-thing breeziness into your space. Don’t you love how she’s leaning into it, going with it? The stripes of her dress dance all around her like happy little children.

Are you smiling? You can’t help it, can you? Seeing this much fun is, well, fun! And come on. Couldn’t you use some fun right about now?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2011 11:57 am

    Love the way your mom looks with her hat! The illustration is amazing. The red lips are the perfect touch to it. I’m always smiling when I watch your work ^_^. Ciao!

  2. March 14, 2011 12:38 pm

    Very cool illustration and a nice story behind it. My mom was in a ladies club called the Mad Hatters in the late fifties. They had a few hat fashion shows and I remember her making some kind of black gaucho hat (made me think of Don Diego/Zorro). Someday I’ll find that picture and post it.

    • March 14, 2011 1:54 pm

      Seitu, your Moms’ hat sounds fierce! I look forward to seeing that pic.

  3. March 19, 2011 11:45 pm

    What a beautiful lady and love your illustration, as always!!

  4. Tiffany Tapley permalink
    March 28, 2011 5:18 pm

    Your mom was the epitome of grace and class. Seems like yesterday I sitting in your house admiring her hats and her porcelain dolls. An amazing woman! I love this piece! How do I purchase?

    • March 28, 2011 5:47 pm

      Your words brought tears to my eyes, Tiffany. You can follow the links above and go to the Gallery or go directly to WINDY. If you have any problems, email me at http://www.eoelliott@eoefashionandart.com. Smooches!

      • Tiffany Tapley permalink
        March 28, 2011 7:00 pm

        Awww Edwina! I just purchased ‘Windy’ online and looking forward to receiving it in the mail!

  5. March 28, 2011 7:08 pm

    Thanks Tiffany. We’ll get that out to you ASAP.

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