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    First Name:Kim Last Name:Fraser Display Name:Kim Fraser About / Bio:

    Working with the beautiful, sumptuous, and sometimes rare materials of millinery, I create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces that articulate the personality and mood of the wearer while setting a modern example of careful craftsmanship and slow fashion.

    I have long been drawn to textiles and clothing as a means of creative self-expression and find deep satisfaction in making beautiful things to wear, particularly hats. I was briefly a sculpture major in college and at its best, millinery is really a form of sculpture that happens to be both portable and wearable. To shape a hat, I must steam the foundation materials to soften them, then mold and drape them by hand, pinning and taking tiny, invisible stitches to hold a shape. There is a meticulous and meditative quality to the time-consuming hand-stitching required in millinery, and I love that part of the process. Learning and preserving old millinery techniques, many of which are falling away from us now in our disposable-fashion society, are also a part of my practice.

    Appointments are available at my studio for local purchase and for custom commissions. Ready-to-wear hats are available here.

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    Studio Name:Hatnip Street Address:4113 Whitfield Rd. City:Chapel Hill State:NC Zip Code:27514 Map Link: Phone:919-923-6988 Website:Hatnip.com
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  • About / Bio

    Working with the beautiful, sumptuous, and sometimes rare materials of millinery, I create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces that articulate the personality and mood of the wearer while setting a modern example of careful craftsmanship and slow fashion.


    I have long been drawn to textiles and clothing as a means of creative self-expression and find deep satisfaction in making beautiful things to wear, particularly hats. I was briefly a sculpture major in college and at its best, millinery is really a form of sculpture that happens to be both portable and wearable. To shape a hat, I must steam the foundation materials to soften them, then mold and drape them by hand, pinning and taking tiny, invisible stitches to hold a shape. There is a meticulous and meditative quality to the time-consuming hand-stitching required in millinery, and I love that part of the process. Learning and preserving old millinery techniques, many of which are falling away from us now in our disposable-fashion society, are also a part of my practice.


    Appointments are available at my studio for local purchase and for custom commissions. Ready-to-wear hats are available here.

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