Before we started Vela Apparel, I was working on discovering my style and my process. I have always loved watercolor painting. The fluidity of being able to make colors go where I want them to flow...or where they choose to go for that matter has always been so intriguing to me. As you can tell by some of my other design styles, I create very precise lines and very intentional design elements. Using a more fluid and unpredictable method is a great balance in my styles.

So where did hats come into this? Well I have fair skin, I live in the high-rockies, and let's face it, I am getting older. I knew I needed to wear a hat to protect my face and head when hiking but I couldn't find one I liked. I bought a few trucker hats and started creating my own (isn't this what everyone does?). There were a lot of mistakes, happy accidents, and a few very ridiculous looking hats before I figured out how to make my colors bleed when I wanted them to, and stop when I decided. 

These hats have been a beautiful part of my creative process, I have people take them to the ends of the earth while they travel the world, and they have helped mold me as an artist. I may not make these to sell anymore but I want to share this creativity with you!

Come join us for our first creative class in partnership with our friends and neighbors, Hygge Life here in Avon, Colorado. We will have a happy hour full of creativity, a crafted cocktail or two (and some mock-tails in between), some paired charcuterie, some lovely music and great friendships as the sun sets and your creativity rises on the lovely Hygge Life Cafe patio that is nestled in between our two shops.

Happy Hour & Hats Details

    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • 5pm - 7pm (come a little early, enjoy a drink and mingle, and do some shopping at Vela Apparel and Hygge Life if you like)
    • ALL materials included (trucker hat, all painting supplies)
    • Happy Hour included (cocktails, mock-tails, and some nibbles to keep your creativity going)
    • Go home with a new hat, a new skill, and a wonderful creative evening with friends and new friends.

Early Bird Tickets $49 (only 10 available)
Regular Tickets $59