Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Joanna Zara and I am a Sussex based milliner. All my hats and headpieces are designed and handmade by me in my Hove studio. You can find out more about the services I offer and see images of my work here on my website. If there is … Continue reading Welcome
On my website I emphasise the fact that all my hats are handmade using traditional couture millinery techniques. But what does that actually mean - and why should you care? Given that this coming week is London Craft Week I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you a little more about this. … Continue reading What are couture millinery techniques and why do they matter?
I have been very busy recently fulfilling custom Panama orders. This is no onerous task, as the Panama is one of my favourite hats. If you have ever owned a genuine Panama you will understand what a beautiful piece of artisanal craft you have in your hands (or on your head for that matter). Many … Continue reading Who made your Panama?
Any cursory glance through the images of my collections will make it quite clear that I like to use "real" women to model my work. Although to be honest I am not sure what other sort there is - Hadley Freeman (as always) makes the point far better than I can. To me it equates to: … Continue reading Why I choose to work with older models (or is age nothing to do with it?)
I love experimenting. Not all the hats I make end up with a client; some are made to test a new material or a new technique - and some are made for pleasure. This first piece was made a while ago - I have always loved fibre optics (must be my seventies childhood). The photo … Continue reading Weird and Wonderful
Not long ago I was told about someone who is passionate about two things - coffee and hats. Heather Barrie is the powerhouse behind Harrie's Coffee. She is so well known for her hat wearing that it even features in her logo. To quote her website, "Without a hat it's not Harries Coffee". So of course … Continue reading A Hat for Heather
So the wonderful Chelsea Craft Fair is over for another year. Organisers Handmade in Britain put on a splendid event as usual - and of course Chelsea Old Town Hall is spectacular venue. It was wonderful to meet so many designers and makers - I had fascinating conversations with my fellow stand holders about materials, … Continue reading The Best of British in Chelsea
I am busy getting ready for the Chelsea Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair in November, which means that thoughts of Christmas are uppermost in my mind despite this beautiful sunny October day. The Fair is organised by Handmade Britain and is a Christmas shopping event that celebrates British designers and makers. The venue is the … Continue reading Chelsea Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair -and getting into the Christmas spirit!
My last post was about finding hats to suit oval faces. In this final post of the series we will look at the square shaped face. If you are not sure yet what your face shape is, start by reading my first post in this series: how to find out your own face shape. Long faces … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Hat for Your Face Shape – Part 6: All Square
I always look forward to our photoshoots and this one was no exception. We had the dream team on board again - Katariina Jarvinen of Light Trick Photography and Sean Chapman - make up artist extraordinaire. Our model this season is Niki Smith. Niki is a teaching assistant at the Dharma Primary School in … Continue reading Autumn winter photoshoot
My last post was about finding hats to suit round faces. Now let's talk about those of you who have an oval face. As always, if you don't know what your face shape is, start with my first post in this series: how to find out your own face shape. Oval faces are often seen as the … Continue reading How to find the perfect hat for your face shape – Part 5: The Oval – is too much choice such a good thing?