Radio interviews during the trip in west NSW

Many thanks to the media interested in mental illness and are doing their bit to open conversation ๐Ÿค  Wayne from 2Web gave me great air space and so did the ABC. I am very grateful for that. If you want to listen you can check them out by clicking on the link. We keep adding stuff there.

www.hatmobile.com.au/where-weve-been/

Abc statewide drive

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I am in Carinda NSW

Yesterday I arrived here and am taken by the calm and stillness of the place . Yes there is dogs barking but that is part of country life.

The other sounds are chickens, a rooster which wakes me in the morning and my heart beating joyously in my chest ๐Ÿค 

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the population is small and not much to buy . People live near by on properties and come 60-80 km into town for a beer and a pizza! Yes there is a great new pizza shop ย 

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Not many people live here but the once who do are salt of the earth ! And even David Bowie was here and did a music video here 

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met Heidi in the street as she jumped out of her Ute to say hello as she also joins the workshop and we shared a pizza

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David Bowie

David Bowie

The pup which holds all the proof with pics and now simse his death there is an annual David Bowie festival in town too

I am working in the hall which serves the community with a space for all there events. From theatre, dances, workshops and child care . It's a beautiful looked after and cared for place.

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Baradine NSW Mothersday

Baradine is a small community  of about 800 people .  

it was a lovely welcoming  feeling driving into the town and finding the CWA hall. For those who do not know CWA country women association were hugely important for the well fear of women in this country . They influenced politics, bought flats and houses in cities for women to safely stay in when they had to go to town and they were and still often are drivers in their communities. Off course their are rules and cookbooks on how to make a cake 'right'!

 

CWA hall which has a stage as well. They all are different ย 

CWA hall which has a stage as well. They all are different ย 

The fact we had the workshop over 1.5 days and it fell on Mother's Day had allowed sharing around this theme. Any mother knows what guild feels like of not being perfect and any mother knows the fear of something happing  to their child .   

I felt touched by the joys and heartships and it brought before me again . 'I am NOT alone' . 

we are good enough and are allowed to embrace our imperfections, as a matter of fact our heart will do much better when we do. 

See video below for short impressions  

 

We made little race hats, steam punk and also a winter hats for visiting a daughter who lives in the USA

Mendooran day 2

I love waking up in the morning as some of you might know and spend some time with the birds . My life is lived through a bundle of metaphors. I see them in everything and it helps me in my practice for a meaningful life.ย 

When I do my yoga practice I have a mantra which I learned from Brene Brown to stay grounded .ย 

it goes ' Don't shrink , don't puff , stand in your sacred space ' and it helps throughout the day when sometimes I get too big for my boots .

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Yes that's a kookaburra up there ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝย 

Yes that's a kookaburra up there ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝย 

I love the second day also as people are coming back exited with ideas and a spring in their step. Connections have been formed and skills were learned and lots of scones eaten . ย 

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We packed the car about 3 pm and I drove to the next venue which today is just under 2 hours away and will unpack in the morning in a new hall with new tables leaning against the all waiting to be put up.

Good bye MENDOORAN ย 

Good bye MENDOORAN ย 

Mendooran day 1

Mendooran is a very smal community .about 4oo people live in town and several from the workshop came from out of down from Neighbouring properties.ย 

I am always reminded how those women transform out of their blunt stone boots into pearls and lipstick . Many of those women in the workshops know how to fence and draft cattle , trench ship , cook meals and raise children .ย 

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Hands which have done a lot ย 

Hands which have done a lot ย 

Each time on the first day I am greeted by an empty hall with tables waiting against the wall in a corner , often the curtains drawn and chairs stacked up high and within an hour or so the space is transformed 

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Something happens in the room after 2 - 3 hours when making begins . There is a silence and a buzz at the same time , there is a feeling of exitment and a sense of uncertainty of what will 'this'become and where will I wear it and before long it is not anymore about the outcome , it becomes about the process and the rest falls into place by itself. 

Audrey The Hatmobile

I am often asked why I travel and what happens in the classes.ย 

My answer usually is because I LOVE it. I like the open road, the birds and the landscape , the bright stars at night and the stars I see during the day in the people's eyes after a few hours into hatmaking .ย  The noise of nature and stillness as I sleep and when I wake.

Arrived at 1st destination ย 

Arrived at 1st destination ย 

When I arrive I usually find the hall where the workshop is held and pick up the key . Most places go out of their way to be helpful and friendly . Some have a thing or 2 too learn . Usually the unhappier a town is the more people try to be controlling and hit you with the book around your head .  

Workshop space for the next 2 days ย 

Workshop space for the next 2 days ย 

The unpacking takes a while as each hall has a different set up and I set up tables and chairs , empty the truck and set myself up for the night .

I usually stay 2 days in a place and pack up on the second day and drive to the next town which usually is between 1.5 hours and 3 hours away. I like to make it before sun down because of kangaroos. Once there I do all over again . The connection with people and their stories is pressures and I feel humbled and privileged of being let in for the moments in time we share.  

 

 Some towns get smaller and smaller as people sell up and move out 

Many shops are empty and up for sale in this town which must be hard for the locals ย 

Many shops are empty and up for sale in this town which must be hard for the locals ย 

And across the street a block of land and more in the Main Street .ย 

And across the street a block of land and more in the Main Street .ย 

Travelling to first workshop Mendooran In NSW

I left Melbourne this morning and am on the way to my first workshop and I just pulled in for the night . Did about 650 km and 400 km to go.

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Taking a break 

Outback arts NSW, who is my employer for this trip does a terrific job to bring arts and crafts to country women . I have toured with this amazing organisation several times now and can not express enough gratitude for how the organiser looks after the project and assists so many life's in the process .

Australia is a very big country and many parts have been in droughts for a very very long time which creates a lot of heartships for farmers, their families and communities . Hatmaking has become a way of connecting with woman and besides skills being learned their is sharing, laughter and personal insights to be had

 

Stitching a hat can let you reflect , focuss, come into the moment and be present in the NOW ย 

Stitching a hat can let you reflect , focuss, come into the moment and be present in the NOW ย 

Today is a travel day and so is tomorrow . My time to reflect on the horizons of this amazing country we live in. It allows me time to listen to books and pot casts and it is an opportunity to connect with nature and its beauty each time I stop the truck .  

I feel truly blessed  

Good night! 

Heading toward Forbes NSW

Heading toward Forbes NSW

NSW trip Hats of to Outback women

Australia is a big open place where some women have to drive 7-9 hours to the closest fabric store . Living can be very isolated and there are no milk bars near by. The community hall and the pub become the entertainment and news centres where people connect .

On the map below you can follow where we are going this year and share into hat making , laughter and connecting in small communities . 

 

First leg of our trip ย 

First leg of our trip ย 

I have grown very fond of my work as it lets me connect with nature and its beauty and its heartships . Australia is an amazing place and has not stopped to amaze me.ย 

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2nd leg of the trip ย 

2nd leg of the trip ย 

I have made great friends and learned as much no doubt as I brought in the Hatmobile . 

The Hatmobile is packed to the rafters and we are leaving on Wednesday 5th May. If you see us on the road say hi.ย 

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Spread the word ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย 

Spread the word ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ย 

Millinery supply in Japan

I have a feeling we like to think the grass is always greener on the other side . It only looks like it and it depends what one sees as " greener".ย 

i walked the streets of Kyoto and Tokyo to find anything to do with hats . ย 

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I flound this place in Tokyo and it has a number of basic things you might want if you make hats . They seam to cater to people also who have no hat blocks and they rent them out for $50 over night .  

 

The blocks seam hard wood and are quit basic

The blocks seam hard wood and are quit basic

Feathers seam quit expensive to me. I saw an ostrich now for a lot of money .I think it was around $60 for one plume. Well maybe Torb and Reiner is too cheap!

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There are wonderful flower making tools of course . The land of little things and beautiful flowers need them . There are 2 types . Brass made in Japan and stainless steel made in China . The brass are better of course . 

Staring price around $5 a piece going up to about $20

Staring price around $5 a piece going up to about $20

What was a bit exiting to me was that they have esparterie lacker . What depressed me is that you can not fly with it. 

what does one use it for you may ask ? Well you paint the esparterie blocks once they are made to harden them and you do this in 2-3 layers and in the end iron it .  

Flammable and can not be posted ย 

Flammable and can not be posted ย 

There are many straws and felt to be had and the colours are quit conservative . Nothing jumped out at me . They sell Leno which is great to see that there is skills used in other countries which are  Almost a forgotten skill and material . 

 

Leno in black and white . Torb and Rwiner carries it too ย 

Leno in black and white . Torb and Rwiner carries it too ย 

The flower making tools for a large flowers are stunning . You can order them . Made in Japan off course for a sweet $950 . Xmas present maybe  

Brass flower and aluminium base. Very heavy ย 

Brass flower and aluminium base. Very heavy ย 

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The felts are imported and most of them are velour felts. Must say I saw a lot of wool too. Not sure who buys the hats as I do not see them being worn in the street ย 

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Now this device is super cool and I bought one for the shop . Measures the head perfectly and gives you a feeling of a hat on your head.ย 

Torb and Reiner might have to import them ย 

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You can buy of course ready plastic peaks as a pattern . You can make them yourself in all sorts of seizes and not expensive . $10 or so but you could cut your pattern out of an ice cream lid ๐Ÿ˜œย 

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The quality of straws varies greatly . Also here one day the old stock will go down as no one weaves fine quality anymore . Many people I have been told also do not care about fine straws as they are to expensive and they don't really see the need for it . I met a beautiful milliner from Oska who was a wealth of knowledge and insight into a culture for me .  You can buy straws for around $90 and some cheaper 

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My first visit to Japan was amazing . I feel Nothing  but warmth for the people and places and not once did I feel crowed in . I was in tears many times for the generosity I was shown and feel humbled for being aloud to share my skills.

This without a doubt feels like a beginning of a long love relationship . 

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