Noj Barker is a British abstract painter obsessed with a universe that he creates made up of tiny, individually painted dots. Each dot is unique, making up a mesmerising surface that he often combines in photography with other dot universes, to amplify the effect and delve the viewer further into his imaginary world.
A typical photograph of his work might consist of one of his children wearing dot clothing, perhaps playing a musical instrument, against the background of a dot painting or a giant dot sphere.
I wanted to participate in this by making dot hats, using patterns from his paintings which could be worn in these photographs and, I hope, add something to the charm and complexity of the world portrayed in them.
The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin was founded in 1894 and specialises in complications arising in pregnancy, and sick and premature and babies, some weighing as little as 500 grams.
Every year it organises a fashion show to help raise money for research and care.
For the past few years we have been thrilled to have been asked to take part, alongside Irish designers such as Louise Kennedy and Louis Copeland, usually showing hats specially made for the occasion.