Milliner Robin Spurs, owner of the Un-Hum Drum Hat Company, is not mad, as in the Mad Hatter of “Alice in Wonderland” fame.
But Spurs, one of 400 artisans, magicians, jugglers and musicians who will be at the Harvest Festival this weekend in Pasadena, is mad about hats.
“All my hats are from my heart,” she said. “If you want the sunflower glopped on the front, you can go to K mart. I don’t make hats that I wouldn’t wear myself. I don’t have to. There’s so many great trims and stuff.”
Spurs even rates movies by how good the hats in them are.
“My husband laughs. He goes: ‘Robin, it’s a hat movie,’ ” she said.
Spurs particularly likes “My Fair Lady.”
“That’s a great hat movie. So is ‘Enchanted April.’ ‘Howards End’ is a great hat movie,” she said.
Spurs has been selling her own creations for about eight years to stores all over the country, except in Southern California, where she sells her wares only at arts-and-crafts events such as the Harvest Festival.
“You shouldn’t compete with your (local) stores,” she said, explaining that the hats she sells at shows are often prototypes, or from past lines--all of which she sells at wholesale prices.
She makes hats for practical purposes, such as shielding the wearer from the sun or for skiing, or for more decorative purposes, such as the Victorian styles some people mistake for antiques.
“I always have my own slant to it,” she said.
At the festival, there will also be craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine and continuous live entertainment from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Center, 300 E. Green St.
Tickets are $6.25 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 to 12. Children 5 or younger are free.