Hats are pure fun and the perfect item to cap off any costume or ensemble. The right headgear ensures complete transformation, especially on the head of an imaginative child.
The Paper Hat Book offers creative families 20 fantastic paper hats, all of which can be created quickly and easily from readily accessible papers: shopping bags, newspapers, comics, recycled story books, magazines, packaging scraps, and junk mail!
Artist and designer Alyn Carlson creates hats that are perfect for birthday parties, playdates, costumes, and everyday dress up. Each hat can be styled to perfectly suit the wearer by merely selecting the right paper and colors. The hat themes range from Floral Flappers to Viking Warriors, and from superheroes and pirates to beautiful butterfly hats.
Alyn Carlson is a New England-based graphic designer, painter, performer, paper artist, and part-time chicken rancher. In the past three decades, she has been a street performer in California, renovated a church into a home, and been the artistic producer for three theater companies. She also writes a blog called Colorgirl. Her designs and art have been featured in numerous blogs and published in magazines such as Uppercase, Print, Redbook, Communication Arts, Photo District News, and RI Monthly. Her paintings are featured in Deborah Forman's book, Paint Lab and her home appears in Grace Bonney's Design Sponge at Home. Alyn's art, design, and hat shop can be found at alyncarlson.com.
Foreword writer Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She graduated from the Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt with a Master's in the History of Decorative Arts and Design. She's published on diverse topics such as the evolution of French cuisine for Paris-New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925-1940 and hand-built homes in late 1960s as part of the countercultural movement for West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in American Art, 1965-1977. She recently finished her first book, Past and Present, a book that translates topics of design history into a present-day craft projects and is based on herDesign*Sponge column. When not researching design history, she practices yoga, rides her bike or skateboard and tends to her bees, who live on a Brooklyn rooftop, and to her two cats, Loki and Freya, who allow her to live in their Williamsburg apartment.