Hey my art loving friends!
We are here today with an Artist In The Area post featuring a little bit of a different art than we have talked about before. This art form I’m talking about is SEWING and the Artist is the one and only WYATT ZINGARELLI! Wyatt was one of my favorite interviews I’ve conducted, and I know I always say this, but let me tell you why! I asked one simple question to start off this interview and maybe had to ask two more in between the rest of the interview. Wyatt was so happy to share everything he could about his art form that he was telling me everything I wanted to know without having to ask, and I was so happy to see it! It made my job very easy and very enjoyable.
Don’t forget all of his social media along with other people mentioned in this post will be linked at the bottom!
Wyatt has been featured on my blog before in this “Get His Look” post. Not only does Wyatt have really rad style, but he also is an artist in our area! About a year ago Wyatt went on a brilliant trip to Ireland and realized that he needed to spend his time doing things he loved, and to go for whatever his heart desires! So on the last day of July 2015 Wyatt jumped the gun and started sewing! However, Wyatt didn’t start sewing just anything he started sewing hats. This is something that Wyatt had wanted to do for a long time, and the trip he took gave him the push he needed to start. Another reason Wyatt jumped right on into sewing was simply because since sophomore year he grew this love of bucket hats and discovered that he was really picky with the hats he was wanting. Wyatt also saw how they were being made by people like Kid Super and Sweatshop LA and realized he could sew his own hats to get exactly what he wanted at a lower price than what they were being sold retail. I’ll be sure to give you links Sweatshop LA and Kid Super at the end of the post since they are inspiration for Wyatt’s work and designers that he is really fond of.
When Mr. Zingarelli decided it was time to make the leap he started watching DIY videos of other people creating bucket hats on Youtube and found a pattern that he thought was good enough to build off of. From the youtube pattern Wyatt began changing bits and bobs until he created his own pattern for the hats! Bucket hats aren’t the only kind of hats he creates though. Some of his favorites to create are baseball caps and five panels along with the bucket hat. Bucket hats and Baseball caps are some of his favorites to create because they are simple, fun and the satisfaction of seeing the final product is the best feeling. Of course when the process first began the hats weren’t automatically perfect, but Wyatt has already come so far from where he first started! The following three bucket hats show his progress from one of the first hats he’s made, to one he made about 6 months through, and what he is producing now!
You can see that on this hat his lines aren’t as clean as he would have wanted, the sizing was a little off and the pattern wasn’t lined up the way he preferred.
You can definitely see the progress he made over just a few months! The lines are clean cut and you can tell that he was settling in on his personal style for the hats!
Although Wyatt is still tweaking his design to get the fit just right you can see all of the progress he has made within the year of starting. Peep the cool tags that his wonderful mother got him for Christmas! His hats definitely are one of a kind! Marvelous!
When it comes to starting the process of sewing a hat the first thing wyatt has to make sure of is that his emotions are in the right place. If he is in a bad mood or thinking negatively it’s reflected in the sewing he does and in return upsets him even more because of the mess ups in the hat. However, when the mood is right Wyatt doesn’t have much of a process he just sits and does whatever feels right. Essentially fabric and texture of fabric is everything to Wyatt! The materials that he uses for his hats is really whatever he can get his hands on. There are a few specific stores he goes to to get the fabric including “JoAnne’s Fabric” and “All About Fabrics”. Going to fabric stores is super important for Mr. Zingarelli because if he shops online he can’t feel the fabric so he won’t know how it will work in hat form. When he goes to the stores he’s able to touch the fabric, feel the stretch, and decide if it will work well for what he needs. Some of the patterns and textures he is loving to work with right now are floral and velour which can be seen in the pictures below of some of his ball caps and five panel hats.
I know somebody is going to ask this question so it was one I was sure to ask, and who am I kidding I was rather curious as well! When I asked Wyatt what sewing machine he used it went into a whole other string of questions. Wyatt works off of his moms old sewing machine that she received from her Mother and Husband about 30 years ago. It’s a Kenmore ultrastitch 12 and is still kicking it good enough for wyatt to create his masterpieces. I became pretty intrigued when I heard that it was his mothers sewing machine. Come to find out his mom used to make her own clothes when she was younger. Needless to say she is very supportive, as shown with the tags above, and so is the rest of his family.
From the beginning of the “creative process” to end it takes wyatt about 6-8 hours to get his bucket hats just right! When it comes to the other hats such as the baseball caps, and the five panels they take a bit more time. Creating those hats is a lot more tedious and the five panel hats are essentially a puzzle. The next thing Wyatt told me I was super excited to hear, because it shows just how in love with his hat creations and how passionate he is; Wyatt is always amazed when the final product comes together. In his words, “It blows my mind every time.” And it should, because his work is amazing and so well done.
As of right now Wyatt isn’t selling his hats, because he thinks he can make them even better than what he is producing now. As seen and as I said above Wyatt has been growing and growing with each hat he makes. There are a few small details Wyatt is still working out such as the placement of the eyelets on the baseball caps and the sizing of all of the hats he wants to make sure is just right for anybody who wants to buy his hats. Wyatt is very critical of his own work just like many other artists I’ve interviewed before. Once again I believe it’s just a creative mind wanting to do the best they can with their work. Mr. Zingarelli keeps pushing himself and is constantly asking himself, “Would I be happy if I bought this?”. In the future when everything is just right Wyatt will open his etsy shop and even take custom orders for specific hats! Don’t worry I’ve already planned to do a follow up blog post when he launches his hat selection to the online world! You all will be the first to know! As Wyatt told me “each hat is a step forward”; in my eyes he’s making huge leaps and I can’t wait to see where these hats takes him in the future!
You can keep up with all of the artist mentioned in this post through their social media accounts linked below!
Thank you all once again for tuning in to hear a little bit about Wyatt and the magic he creates with fabric. Remember to keep an eye out for his update when he launches the sale of his hats online! I’m eagerly awaiting that time!