Barbara Keal hand makes felted hats and costumes inspired by animals both real and imaginary, relishing the joy they give to all who wear them. Since Origin London 2010 Barbara’s dream for hats to change the world has become real. An important aspect of her work is the transformative effect the hats have on the wearer who usually ends up with a massive grin on their face and a jaunty spring in their step.
Barbara lives and works in Lewes, East Sussex in the UK. Lewes is a picturesque county town known for it’s eccentric and welcoming attitude which is located in the South Downs national park.
Welcome to her world bustling with creatures: foxes, badgers, enormous hares, expressive rams and the odd minotaur, not to mention all the beasts you can’t name…