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Stolen Hats / Hat of the Day – Mirjam Nuver sculpted hat

March 9, 2010

Okay, so you know you’re doing something right when your creative endeavors get stolen.  More than once.

It’s happened before – back in 2000 when I was doing ceramics again at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX, I made Christmas gifts for everyone out of ceramics – mostly functional pottery.  I had worked late into the night on a pair of tea cups with hand-built handles that had a funky shape to them, glazed them, and put them on the rack to be fired.  When I came back for my finished pottery, those cups were AWOL.  I guess they made a good Christmas gift for someone in the DFW area.

Well, now it’s happening with my hats.  A client of mine wrote to me a couple of weeks ago asking to buy another black Street hat like the one she bought from me in December.  Apparently hers was stolen at a public function recently and she loved it so much she wanted to replace it.

Then, last week I discovered that one of my Pet hats was stolen from a local boutique that sells my hats.  Again, I guess it means that someone really liked and/or needed it.

Bottom line is that there is something oddly flattering about someone liking your stuff so much they have to have it at all costs (which means free for them, in these cases, though not free for me or my paying clients).  But let’s face it: stealing stuff is bad karma, and stealing handmade stuff is even more bad karma because handmade stuff has a higher overhead without the price breaks and fancy equipment that factories have to help them produce their stuff for cheap.

So if you’re reading this and happen to be one of the people that stole one of my hats (or my ceramics), I hope you really really needed it and didn’t just take it for a lark.  And don’t be surprised when karma comes back around to show you how it feels.  I’m sure there’s something of yours that someone else thinks they really really need, too….


Hat of the Day Sketch

Today’s HOTD is a free-form sculpted hat by Mirjam Nuver, based in Amsterdam, in what looks to be black or dark navy blue felt.  I like the organic feel of the shape and the dramatic flair it has.  It doesn’ t need fancy feathers or sparklies to make it a statement piece; the shape itself is enough to make everyone in a room stop and look.  Elegant and edgy.  And fun.

Mirjam Nuver sculpted hat, ca. 2002

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 3:41 pm

    Congratulations? on having your work stolen so many times. 🙂

    Karma really is a bitch. But I think people who stoop to stealing things (like sun hats and dog accessories, not food) are already getting what they deserve in the form of a life they can’t really be proud of.

    Love that sculpted hat.

    • March 9, 2010 4:00 pm

      Yeah, karma is an interesting thing. I used to think of it as a punishment but then learned that’s not the true concept. Karma is the universe giving you a chance to set things right and un-do any suffering you’ve caused. And if you don’t “get it” the first time karma gives you a chance, it gives you as many chances as you need until you finally learn the lesson. It sucks at first, but when you start to recognize that’s what’s happening and that the fastest way out of the cycle is to accept the lesson, you can move on. And you generally do feel better after taking your karma medicine.

      I agree that if someone is stealing things that are true necessities like food, that’s a different matter. But then who’s to say that someone didn’t feel like they needed that hat and perhaps their lesson is to realize that it wasn’t a need at all but a desire. Oh well. I’m not angry, really, just perplexed why people do stuff like that. I once found a $100 bill on the floor of a bookstore and gave it to the store clerk because it wasn’t mine; I had the feeling it had fallen out of a cashier’s tray on the way to the back office. It may not have been theirs either but it wasn’t my place to keep the money. But who knows – maybe the universe was trying to give me a gift and I gave it back! 🙂

  2. March 9, 2010 6:14 pm

    Well if the universe was trying to give you something and you didn’t “get it” the first time then maybe it’ll offer it again. Next time you’ll find two 100 dollar bills 🙂

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