Love Is In The Air BeretDescribe the work that you do? "I make hats and I have also written 2 collections of poetry."
The Dreamy Wood Nymph Hat
The Enchanting White Rose Gazebo Hat
Where do you get your inspirations? "Books, films, conversations, everywhere and anything can inspire me....... I am especially inspired by found objects and many of my hats are made around them."
The Heartbreakingly Beautiful Kathy Fascinator
The Delicious Strawberries and Cream Hat
Describe the creative process in designing and constructing a particular piece. "It's hard to describe as I am somewhat chaotic when designing..... its quite a manic process that I just go along with....... it can come upon my at the oddest times and I have to rush into my studio and work."
The Alice Giant Bow Aliceband
Where do you create your work? "My spare bedroom is my studio."
Would you share some of your favourite artisans whose work you most admire?
Mark Ryden (painter)
Images from The Snow Yak Show Exhibition Book 2009, Tokyo
Bjorn Veno (photographer),
Images Bjorn VenoAlison Blackburn (textile artist).
Where can we get our hands on your work? Etsy, Kellerman Vintage, Living In La La Land, Hannah Zakari, Starburst Boutique, The Deaf Cat
Too Too Cutie Bambi Hat
What/who are the things you love most in your life? "My Swedish boyfriend Rikard, My cat Boo, The Natural History Museum. I love watching films...... I am a massive movie geek. I collect hats, corsets, vintage erotica and antique glass. One of my favourite things to do is have a cuppa in my fave coffee shop The Deaf Cat with my friend."
All The Nice Girls Love A Sailor Beret
What would you do “in your wildest dreams”, if there were no restrictions? "Make hats for lovely people and never have to charge any money."
What is your greatest professional achievement? "It changes with each day, being chosen as an etsy featured seller was pretty awesome. I also won the Medway Arts Prize for Literature last year."
The Super Saucy Seaside Sally Windmill HatWhat is new with you and your work? "Beading."
I have to say here, that the styling and imagery Zara uses for her work are really the most stunning I have seen. Beautiful and unique models in the most perfect set-ups. It is enough to make me buy a fascinator/hat/beret regardless of how beautiful. And they really are beautiful, aren't they? Zara is an insanely talented girl I think you will agree.