This year the money raised will go towards an app that can be used for the mental well-being of children and their families when faced with medical procedures and operations. Developed by Dr. Angela Mackenzie, the author of 'Everyone stay calm', the focus of the app is to make children's medical procedures less scary and stressful for all concerned. The end goal is for the improved psychological health of these children and their families.
Brainstorm - Last year's book for Hats for Happiness fundraising
The 2016 book, called Chaos, contains beautiful photos and stories of artful miniature hats which have been designed to express the mental and physical chaos in people's lives. The hats are still up for auction now and bidding will end on October 7th. There are 76 beautifully created hats by well-known, local and international milliners and artists, all interpreting and depicting the theme of chaos.The stories of these 'little hats' are told in the book alongside stunning photos. This year, an added bonus is the inclusion of a limited print sketch from one of the industry's well-known and admired milliners, Stephen Jones.
The book is special for another reason. It is bound by a Melbourne company, Wildash Book Services, using traditional binding methods. In these days of book binding competition from overseas and the rise of electronic books, it is refreshing and also comforting to see this old art of book binding being used. The care that goes into hand binding is evident in the quality and feel of the book and the connection the reader feels with the authors, photographers and binders of this book. It is a personal statement on many different levels - not only is it a beautifully photographed book that tells heartfelt stories, it is also a work of passion and commitment.
There are two editions of the book and each is hand-made with care and love right here in Melbourne. The special limited edition version has a hand embellished cloth cover, numbered bookplate tipped on, as well as the special Stephen Jones print and is housed in a handmade individual slipcase. This edition is limited to only 50 copies.
The limited edition costs $139 and the normal edition is $45, surely this is money well spent, considering it is going to be used for a wonderful cause, improving the psychological well-being of children and families. The book would be a pleasure to receive and give (even if to yourself).