The Solar Powered Super Cool Social Networking Hat – Spirit of Invention: National Archives UK #WearableWednesday
A cooling top hat from Hey Jude on Instructables. It is social networking in the old fashion sense – it encourages interaction and tells a story about the wearer. Certainly one way to break the ice!
This is a hat with 3 solar powered cooling fans in it, which I made for the National Archives’ exhibition: “The Spirit of Invention” in June 2023. It was inspired by at record of an invention (an old design registration kept by the National Archives) that was submitted in 1823 by John Fuller & Company, as a solution to the problem of one’s head getting hot whilst out an about at social gatherings wearing a hop hat. My task was to create an ‘modern response’ to this inspiration…and to ‘trust the process of invention’ to also inspire me along the way!
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