The project was first conceived in July 2009 when a group of homeless young people came together with their tutor Isabelle Mazzitelli to create hats under the theme of 'A Roof Over My Head'. The portraits of the students in their hats can be seen above and a documentary taken during the project.
The hat project culminated in a fund raising evening at Home House with a hat auction, modelled by the students, in aid of the homeless charities Centrepoint, The Hanbury Project and Crisis. We are now fundraising to establish a freestanding hat class for homeless people in London taught by Isabelle Mazzitelli and her previously homeless successful milliners.
You can help!
Once we have reached our first target of £5000 we will be able to register as a charity. Please help us create interest in the auction by visiting the torch portaits on our FaceBook page. Once we have 1000 FaceBook 'Friends' we will auction the hat on Ebay.
The 1896 Olympic organisers were committed to celebrating both mind and body including art as well as sporting excellence. Proposals were made for artistic competitions in five areas for the Olympic games and in the 1912 Olympics gold medals were awarded to celebrate artistic events in five categories.
The torch hat pictured has been made to celebrate the historical artistic ideals of the Olympics. We want to use the hat to raise money to help healthy minds that lie dormant through homelessness to achieve a better future.
Hat making offers a unique space to develop skills, increase self esteem and share in a community of like-minded creatives.
It also offers homeless men and women a chance to experience intellectual and artistic equality with others who are not in their circumstances. We have found that the experience of hat making can help people go forward and change their lives as it has with two students involved in the previous project.
See the pictures from the Home House event here.
To make a donation to our fundraising organisation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org