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The Maladjusted Milliner is none other than Dede Mitchell. I will let her tell her own story:
I am and have always been a Maker.
I live in a town where people regularly go to the grocery in full costume and it hardly rates a mention. For that reason hats, wigs costumes and accessories are always on my mind.
Lately I’ve been thinking that my costumes should “do” something. I’ve always been a bit of a techie and somewhat a nerd so its only natural I should combine my favorite things.
I hope you enjoy my flights of fancy!
1. What products and services do you offer?
I make accessories – like headpieces, wigs, hats, and fascinators. However, I like moving pieces. For example, I have pieces that have a moving eyes, working lights, and other electronics.
2. How long have you been in business?
Professionally for 6 years. I am mainly word of mouth and commissions. People come to me and say “Hey! you made that weird thing. I want a weird thing!”
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
Sometimes people see some of the moving pieces and think it’s easy. But, I have to make sure that it won’t short circuit or catch fire.
I also want to make sure you can get into an Uber with your piece. I think about you taking it on and off and how that could affect it.
5. Lagniappe Info.
Almost all of my work is custom. And I definitely need some lead time for the more complicated pieces.
I do not make traditional hats out of felt.
I won the Yelp People’s Choice Award for my wig that is shaped into red lips.
I have previously made wings that move, goggles with motorized eyes, Egyptian headpiece with a moving eye, and a waitress apron that has LED lights.
What happens a lot is that I see something online and I say to myself “I can make that!” I research the components and meld together many ideas to make my pieces work. Often there are no instructions to follow.
The next series of things I am working on will be robotics. I’m going to start taking toys apart and seeing how the motors work. I’m also going to dabble in kinetics. Just keep an eye out!
Reach out to DeDe via email at firstname.lastname@example.org