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Have you ever wanted to make your own hat?

Jenn Scott February 20th, 2013

With the fashion capitals of the world holding their respective fashion weeks this month, February is a big time for fashion-savvy people.

But what makes for a hit on the catwalks of New York or Paris can seem far-fetched when making the translation to your personal life.

If you’d like to dabble in the spirit of the week, however — maybe even get a little crazy — artistic options are closer than you might think.

Local artist Nicole Moan works in a variety of media, but one of the most interesting is her expressive, unique ceramic corsets. For a statement piece, this just might be your in.

Most styles are lace-up, allowing for wiggle room in the fit. If you’d prefer to cinch up tightly, that can be arranged, as well. Who needs wiggle room when you look hella fierce?

Moan has a new design that involves pleather and feathers. Can’t exactly picture what this all might look like? Head to Oculus Gallery, 518 N.W. 23rd, to take a look and purchase.

Marla Cook, a fashion savant who recently returned to her home state from NYC, is a believer in wearable art. The Millinery Shop, a pop-up hat shop, is currently featured at JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N. Walker.

From 6 to 10 p.m. today through Saturday, you can explore this impressive shop, as well as Rosemary Burke’s fashion illustrations and Behnaz Sohrabian’s portraits of women.

The shop displays fascinators that Cook has collected from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other major cities. This isn’t a look-but-don’t-touch kind of thing. Au contraire! Purchase hats off the rack or order custom-made creations.

Want to have a bigger hand in what’s on your head? RSVP for “A Spring Affair,” a hat-styling workshop 1-4 p.m. Saturday at JRB. You’ll have the chance to spruce up an old favorite or create an original.

If you’d rather not wear art, but still seek a form of fashionable artistic expression, check out The Josef Collection. You might be familiar with some of local artist Matt Josef’s paintings, as they hung on the walls of Ludivine for the Art Revolves series’ third installation. The floral, somewhat abstract pieces usually have a common theme: his use of gold flecks.

He recently announced on Facebook.com that select prints will be featured on society6.com, a prominent hipster haven for contemporary art.

Sure, you can find prints there, but you also can get throw pillows, iPhone cases and laptop and iPad skins. Choose one of his 22 featured paintings and make a statement by gracing your home with the talents of a young, local artist. Find the paintings at society6.com/josefcollection.

Give the artistic approach a go.

Let’s shop, OKC!

 
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