Events

Global Getaway Spring Break Activities

Kids are invited to join us during Spring Break to travel the world, right here in Bellingham! To coincide with The Global Language of Headwear exhibition, we will be offering crafts and activities exploring cultures from around the world. Each day we’ll explore a region selected from one of the headwear pieces on display. Learn the unique connections these specific hats have with the weather while participating in an engaging activity associated with each piece. Designed for elementary students, these family-friendly activities will liven up any staycation!

Global Getaway Spring Break Activities

Kids are invited to join us during Spring Break to travel the world, right here in Bellingham! To coincide with The Global Language of Headwear exhibition, we will be offering crafts and activities exploring cultures from around the world. Each day we’ll explore a region selected from one of the headwear pieces on display. Learn the unique connections these specific hats have with the weather while participating in an engaging activity associated with each piece. Designed for elementary students, these family-friendly activities will liven up any staycation!

Global Getaway Spring Break Activities

Kids are invited to join us during Spring Break to travel the world, right here in Bellingham! To coincide with The Global Language of Headwear exhibition, we will be offering crafts and activities exploring cultures from around the world. Each day we’ll explore a region selected from one of the headwear pieces on display. Learn the unique connections these specific hats have with the weather while participating in an engaging activity associated with each piece. Designed for elementary students, these family-friendly activities will liven up any staycation!

Flóra Carlile-Kovács at work

Felted, Sculpted Hat Workshop with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Make your very own felted, sculpted hat in this day-long workshop, taught by noted felt artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács. Felting is an age-old process, but one that can still be used today to create beautiful, modern forms. Participants will bring a 2-D pattern to life, learning techniques for shaping different brims and designs.

Flóra Carlile-Kovács is a felt artist based in Seattle, WA. With this ancient textile technique, she has created a tremendous variety of 2-D and 3-D pieces, from sculptures to rugs to clothes. Flóra has been sharing her knowledge by teaching various felting classes for nearly 15 years.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided, as well as a one-hour lunch break. Maximum class size is 12 people.

$100 members/$120 non-members (includes $20 materials fee)

Woman sewing in factory

The True Cost Film Screening and Discussion

To complement the Lightcatcher exhibition, The Global Language of Headwear, we are hosting a free screening and discussion of the documentary film, The True Cost. This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Man working on a hat

Millinery Designer Wayne Wichern Discusses Sculptural Hat Forms

Join millinery designer Wayne Wichern for a presentation and conversation about the creation of his exquisite hats, in celebration of the exhibition The Global Language of Headwear. Behind each hat design is a shaping tool known as a hat block, which felt and straw are pulled, or “blocked,” over to give a hat its unique shape. These blocks are infinite in variety and complexity and come together with the material to create wearable works of art. Wayne will also discuss the processes and art behind modern headwear.