About

Are you interested in having more Joyful Color in your life?

Each hand felted hat is one-of-a-kind, just like YOU!

Wearing a FeltHappiness hat is easy and FUN!
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Photo of feltmaker and artist, Juliane Gorman - the maker of the Happy Hats! 

Greetings

I’m Juliane Gorman and I first felted long ago as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. An extracurricular affair, this felting was a one-off, involving dance and snow. So different from the structured weaving that drew me to textiles, but soon proved too confining. Exploring other fiber arts, I made a series of mixed media, headdress-sculptures for my senior project. Afterward, I took millinery classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology (NY) and did some freelancing in costume shops.

However, the enchantment of creating went into dormancy while I pursued other day-jobs and parenthood.

Felt Encountered

Serendipitously, in 2011, I saw a felted bracelet at a craft fair. This led to finding the BEST library book on how to make wet felted hats. It was my eureka moment: I found a craft which combines my love of colorful fiber, with my passion for headwear.

Felt Transformed

Now, energized by the natural world, fairy tales and fine art, I create wearable art hats that are useful, comfortable and flattering. The magic of fiber and the process of creating have brought me Huge Joy.

Best of all, my FeltHappiness Hats will energize YOU, and help you better enjoy your Winter, Spring or Fall. Winter (and Life) need not be gray. Let's Live Colorfully!

Want to Learn More?

For more on feltmaking, click HERE.  Or read my BLOG, where I often describe what I’m making. Lastly, you can connect with me by joining The Jottings, my weekly newsletter full of inspiration.


Where am I located?

All of my newest handcrafted, felted hats are made in my Studio Shed in Dublin, Ireland where I have lived since December 2021. 

Previously, I lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for seven years. And before that? I lived in picturesque Norwich, England for eleven years. Yes, we like to move internationally! And yes, some of my hats were made in the USA. (I don't think that I have any leftover hats from my time in the UK).

 

Shipping

Naturally, Worldwide Shipping is available, with hats in private collections in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, The Netherlands, UK, and USA.

Currently, Shipping is FREE WORLDWIDE as I'm figuring out the Irish postal system

Press

Additionally, photographs of my hats are included in several publications: “Worldwide Colours of Felt,” “Felt Matters,” and also in the catalog of “Wearable Expressions 7th Annual Juried Exhibition.”

A few years ago, my hats debuted at Style Week Pittsburgh's Fashion Show. My work garnered a mention in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper HERE and HERE.

Most recently, I was featured on the blog of Feltmakers Ireland.

If you have any questions, please email me at juliane AT felthappiness.com