Mandrake Hats

When I first started making hats in 2005, I used a saucer that was luckily the same size as my head. Then I learnt to make them to measure and sold a few semi toppers and proper toppers. Then people started to ask for custom hats. I tried that for a bit, but ran out of steam. If I’m making a stage hat, I can leave it on the shelf for a year while I find my way around a making problem, but when someone pays half up front, you have to keep at it till it’s finished – That’s not practical. I may sell semi and proper toppers again, but no more custom jobbies. This page is a gallery, and below, you’ll find an exhibition of some extraordinary hats :o)

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Unofficial Sponsorships
Hat Collection 2012
Hat Collection 2007
Commissions

Ash Mandrake

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Unofficial Sponsorships
Big, big thanks to the folk at Husqvarna studio in Bath for their unofficial help and sponsorship
http://www.husqvarnastudiobath

Also, thanks to Simon the Upholsterer, Drift Stormbarger, Dom Allen, Dot ‘n’ Den, Bex ‘n’ Coz and Dave Batley for their gifts of leather.

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COLLECTION 2013

The Chestnut Bard was made for my Fell Edge show in 2011. Kheraghin, Ochnogh and Magpie were finished in 2013 and launched at the Fell Edge Show in that year.

COLLECTION 2013

Chestnut Bard
(Temporary photograph by Krystyna Fitzgerald Morris, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Kheraghin: Brother Of Blood (Temporary photograph by Krystyna Fitzgerald Morris, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Ochnogh: Brother Of Bone (Temporary photograph by Krystyna Fitzgerald Morris, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Magpie The Jesterly Corvid
(Temporary photograph by Krystyna Fitzgerald Morris, crop by ash Mandrake)

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COLLECTION 2012

I made many of these hats gradually between 2007 and 2012. Many have never been seen before and represent new paradigms. I’ve been more careful about bringing the new ideas out since sharing some over the net with an American crochet milliner and having them stolen. Apparently it’s called “aggressive entrepreneurship” (theft is theft in my books).

COLLECTION 2012

Semi Trichorn
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Bananas In The Sky
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Mandrake The Wizard
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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The Bardic Brigadeer One
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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The Prehistoric Vampiric Pumpkin Bud
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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To view inside the Prehistoric Vampyric Pumpkin Bud, click the image below
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

The Raspberry Ripple Flavoured Liquorice Alien Sort Of Thing
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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The story goes like this: A group of alternative medics, fed up with receiving too little galactic publicity, launch a capsule containing information about homeopathy into space. The capsule reaches a tiny planet located in a distant solar system. The microscopic aliens on discovering the information, launch one of their buddies by cannon into space. He/she/it disintegrates and eventually reaches earth in an extremely dilute, but magnificently powerful form. He/she/it passes through the open window of a corner shop and then through a bag of “liquorice all sorts”, before ending up head first in a tub of raspberry ripple flavoured ice cream. The alien, intent on beating the crap out of all humans, unfortunately (for him/her/it) sublimates as a two foot tall Raspberry Ripple Flavoured Alien Sort Of Thing. (copyright Ash mandrake 2011)

Title to be revealed at a later date : One
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Title to be revealed at a later date : Two
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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The Sky, The Desert And The Ocean
(Photography by Matt Ainsworth, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Ship Wreck
(Photography by Andrew Joules, crop by ash Mandrake)

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Baron Von Petal (AKA The Lobster-Seagull-Chimeric-Beasty-Thing)
(Photography by Andrew Joules, crop by ash Mandrake)

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New Crown

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COLLECTION 2007

Semi Topper

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Propper Topper

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Whopper Topper

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Non Stopper Topper

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Horns One

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Horns Two

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Horny Bee Sting

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Jeweled Digging Crown

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Hats For Hermits

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Softly Fez

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Brain Corsets

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Gently pastle with subtle under brim

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Capitain Rats tails

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With Secret Pocket

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And Made To Measure Bald patch

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COMMISSIONS

Retinal Circus 1

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Retinal Circus 2

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Samba Hat 1

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Samba Hat 2

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Obby Oss 1 Full Rigalia

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Obby Oss 2 Feminine curves

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Obby Oss 3

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Obby Oss 4 Detail

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Motorbike Trousers 1

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Motorbike Trousers 2

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Motorbike Trousers 3

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Motorbike Trousers 4

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