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Past Events

2018 Fall & Winter Events

Seattle Sampling Artist Studio Tour - November 30, December 1 & 2

Ballard Millinery Studio, Ballard/Fremont, Seattle, WA

Social Fabric - The Art of the Hat - November 2-December 2 - Bellingham, WA


Spring Millinery Events 2018

June - Any Day Hat Show - Seattle, WA

Friday, June 1, 4-8PM & Saturday, June 2, 10-4



"Puttin' on the Glitz"
Seattle, WA









Past Shows & Exhibitions

Hat Blocks & Hats

Sculptural Form- Artistic Function

July 21 - August 27, 2017

Wednesday - Sunday 11:00 - 5:00

Museum Studios Gallery

Peninsula Museum of Art

1777 California Drive

Burlingame, CA 94010

Wayne Wichern & Daria Wheatley

Seattle, Washington

Wayne and Daria return to Seattle for their annual trunk show of distinctive, handcrafted millinery.

No matter how modest or extravagant, Wayne and Daria create unique millinery for every occasion.

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 4:00-8:00 pm

David Chatt & Ron Cole's "Big House" in Ballard

2007 NW 61st Street, Seattle, WA 94107

Fino Fino

A Place For Fine Hats

Holiday Hats Show

Dramatic Glittering Tantalizing Evening & Cocktail Hats

Friday, December 3, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Saturday, December 4, 12:30 - 5:30

Deanna Gibbons    Jean Hicks    Wayne Wichern


Les Chapeaux Elegants 2010

Dayna Pinkham    Daria Wheatley    Wayne Wichern

Dramatic Glittering Tantalizing Evening & Cocktail Hats

Friday, November 12, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

SPACE Venue & Education Center

7200 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle, WA

Mackerel Sky bringing art to articles of everyday life

Mackerel Sky Gallery - East Lansing, MI

Month of October 2010

211 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823

An Autumn trunk show of Felt Hats will take place at Mackerel Sky through the month of October, 2010. Featured will be three felt artists with distinctly different takes on the felt hat: Anne Flora of Tecumseh, Michigan; Deb Karppinen of Lansing, Michigan; and Wayne Wichern of Redwood City, California.

www.mackerelsky.com / 517.351.2211

Fino Fino

A Place For Fine Hats

Wayne Wichern's

14th Annual Fall Trunk Show

Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:30-5:30 pm

Special Preview Showing Friday evening

October 8, 2010 5:30-8:30 pm

Fino Fino

325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Holiday Hats 2009

Fino Fino

325 Sharon Park Drive

Menlo Park, CA


(Located in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center

on Sand Hill Road off Highway 280)

Holiday Hats 2008

Fino Fino

Friday evening, December 5, 5:30-8:30

Saturday afternoon, December 6, 12:30-5:30

325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park, CA (650) 854-8030



2008 American Craft Council

San Francisco - August 2010 - 2009 - 2008

Mackerel Sky Gallery

November 2008

217 Ann Street, East Lansing, MI

(517) 351-2211 ~ info@mackerelsky.com

Wayne Wichern of Redwood City, California creates gorgeous, saucy handmade felt hats that really do flatter everyone—even people who think they do not like hats. Wayne's hats are exquisitely constructed and are destined to become heirlooms. Available in an assortment of styles and colors, you will be able to purchase off the rack, or special order. An exciting opportunity, art to wear.

Body Bazaar
November 22, 2008—January 19, 2009

Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA

Body Bazaar, Fuller Craft Museum's premiere holiday shopping event opens Nov. 22, 2008 and runs through January 19, 2008. A special opening reception will be held on Dec. 7, 2008 from 12-5pm where members and visitors alike can enjoy special savings on unique hand-made jewelry, hats, scarves, accessories and gifts for the whole family.


Fall Hats - Seattle, WA 2008

Wayne Wichern & Daria Wheatley

Friday, October 10, 10 am-6 pm

Saturday, October 11, 10 am-9 pm

Ballard Art Walk 6-9 pm

New York Fashion Academy

5201 Ballard Avenue, Seattle, WA


Fino Fino - Holiday Hats 2007

Saturday, December 1, 12:30-5:30 P.M. 

Friday Evening Champagne Preview
November 30, 5:30-8:30 P.M.

Fino Fino
325 Sharon Park Drive
(Sharon Heights Shopping Center)

Kate Bishop, DeAnna Gibbons
Jean Hicks, Wayne Wichern

Studio Tulsa, National Public Radio Interview

Two nationally known fiber artists, milliner Wayne Wichern and Karen Chu, known for her sculptural scarves www.sculpturalscarves.com discuss their craft and the new appreciation for artistic creation of clothes and clothing accessories.

Click here to play the Studio Tulsa Interview


2007 American Craft Council

Baltimore, Maryland - February 2007

Atlanta, Georgia - March 2007

Charlotte, North Carolina - November 2007

Filoli Flower Show - Woodside, California

May 2005 www.filoli.org

Fino Fino will present a display of floral inspired hats in the elegant drawing room  at the Filoli Center's Annual Mother's Day Flower Show. 




SALAD DRESSING: Food in Fashion



COPIA - The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts




 September 2003 – January 2004



Clothing is often decorated with natural imagery, such as flowers, trees and animal prints. In the case of food, some clothing has gone even further, mimicking the forms of edible plants and food packaging. Salad Dressing will present an inventive array of costumes and accessories created as art and fashion, theatrical costumes, or for advertising, that often look good enough to eat. The costumes and accessories will be augmented with sketches and photographs.

"Bad Apple"  - Wayne Wichern

"Bad Apple" was originally created in 1998 for "A Feast of Hats" an exhibit of work by Pacific Northwest Milliners in Seattle, Washington.  "Bad Apple" now in the Textile Collection of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is part of SALAD DRESSING: Food in Fashion, an exhibit at COPIA - The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, California.


A message from the Curator of SALAD DRESSING -  Melissa Leventon

Normally we put food inside our bodies, but with Salad Dressing, I wanted to look at food as a decoration for the outside of the body.  It's a wonderful way for both designers and wearers to distinguish themselves, because wearing food imagery -- or real food -- may be one of the most provocative things you can do with your clothes on.  Food as a subject for fashion offers fabulous opportunities for wit and play (visual puns in particular) and also for provocation:  underlying the humor are often more serious themes like body image, sex, and women's roles.  Food is also a perfect Surrealist subject for fashion and strong Surrealist and Pop Art threads run through many of the pieces in the exhibition.

We have drawn costumes from public and private collections all over the United States, Great Britain, Chile, and Japan for the exhibition.  They include about 25 full-size costumes -- designer pieces like Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Campbell's Soup Dress and two stunning Adrian dinner dresses -- one of them decorated with a still life of jugs of milk and a loaf of bread placed strategically on the body; wearable art like Teresa Nomura's "Keep Your Sunny Side Up," which is a cocktail dress imagined as a breakfast table, with two fried eggs over the breasts and rashers of bacon across the rib cage; and the signature pieces of the exhibition, four incredible salad ensembles by theatrical designer Willa Kim  -- Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Garden Salad, and the Romaine Lettuce Coat.  In addition, there are more than 60 accessories.  Hats are the garment most often trimmed with faux food, and we have chapeaux by Stephen Jones, David Shilling, Bes-Ben, Raymond Hudd, Candace Kling and Phyllis Beals, and Deirdre Hawken, that have been transformed into heads of lettuce and cabbage, wedding cakes, a pot of onion soup, and boxes of chocolates, while others are decorated with everything from an oversized martini glass to a Carmen Miranda-like tower of citrus fruit.   Finally, there are photographs, representing especially the work of the great fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who often used food imagery in her Surrealist-influenced work, and the artist Robert Kushner, who created a series of mock fashion-shows in the early 1970s in which he and his models constructed and modeled clothes made from supermarket produce.

I think most museum-goers will find something to delight and amuse them in this exhibition. I also hope our visitors will leave the show with a deeper appreciation of both food and fashion and their intersection.  And best of all, they can consume this show without concern for their waistlines; it's low in calories and high in fiber!

The exhibition was curated by Melissa Leventon, a principal with Curatrix Group and formerly Curator-in-Charge of Textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organized by COPIA. The objects are drawn from public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan. 

 de Young Museum - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco