Tracy Thomson is a local hat and costume designer. 20 years ago as she was walking in The Quarter, she had the idea to make a rubbing of the Water Meter cover to put on the top of a hat, and then to make kitchen potholders. They are decorative and functional, with three layers of batting inside, and canvas on the outsides. She cuts and makes fabric strips to sew around the edges.
Several years ago Ms. Thomson had another idea; to make her own complete font of the water meter letters; she created an entire alphabet from A to Z, and then spelled out a few different neighborhoods. She remembers that the first was BYWATER, her own neighborhood. Others followed, as she did festivals and markets in different neighborhoods.
Check out Ms. Thomson’s work atwww.kabukihats.com
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