Sunday, July 10, 2016

Research Question

Need to do a little research for my show...if you have a moment (and are willing to engage your imagination,) please answer the following question in the comments:

Based on what you have observed, when animals wear hats, how do they usually wear them? (I understand the type of animal, length of ears, and hat style creates a lot of variables but generally, when considering some common creatures - cat, dog, raccoon, fox, rabbit, bird, etc - what do you think is the most typical practice:

A) Hats are known for being uncomfortable. The hat is pushed down onto the head with ears poking out (if long enough) beneath the brim.

B) The ears are stuffed up into the hat so as to keep them warm and dry. This is the point of a hat, silly.

C) Animals have special milliners who craft ear holes in their hats; because of this accommodation, ears remain proudly on display whilst wearing hats.

D) Proper hat-wearing etiquette demands that the hat be set at a jaunty angle, covering one ear and perhaps concealing the other.

E) Hats are sort of a nuisance when one has ears on top of one's head; any hat worn by an animal must perch carefully atop the head, in between the ears.

F) What a ridiculous question! Animals don't wear hats!

If you have observed any hat-wearing options in the field other than what I have listed above, do tell. Thank you for your participation!

EDIT: Yes; I know "real" animals don't wear hats. However, I live a lot in my imagination and a world of story. In case you hadn't noticed, dreaming up fantastical characters, realms, and possibilities fuels my art and life. I thrive on silliness. To answer this question, you'll have to suspend disbelief, logic, reason, and reality. And then, go read Wind in the Willows...

16 comments:

Pia said...

I'd say C, then B. Animals know when they look ridiculous and they hate it. ;)

Of course if you like ribbons tied under your chin, E works too, but comfort and self confidence is key!

Pia said...

P.S. Ears are also delicate and important - for showing emotion for instance. And just generally something to be proud of.

Emie58 said...

It is a bit of a silly question.... "real" animals don't wear hats. But in saying that.... if they were to wear hats, they would wear them with style and attitude.... a jaunty angle would be nice.

ami said...

C, D, & E

D when possible, or occasionally, like when the animal is particularly goofy or quirky

C when the animal has very prominent ears, like a rabbit would definitely wear a specially milliner-ed hat

E when the animal has smaller ears or enough room between the ears, like I'm thinking a bear would have a small between-the-ears hat

Yup, that's what my imagination says :-)

Snap said...

I like D ... jaunty angle. Real animals do wear hats -- especially at Christmas when their people dress them for the holidays ... Ack! :)

J said...

I feel pretty firmly in the E camp.

Unknown said...

All of the above. Mareena

Anonymous said...

Well, C has always been the obvious thing to me: of course they have specially created hats to accommodate their ears. And as a devoted hat wearer myself (although without holes for my ears), D is always good - jaunty is especially appealing if you have four legs and paws.
-Ellie

Shirley Pando said...

Certainly the answer is C and D! :-)

Jennifer Shelby said...

C, and sometimes D. D requires a certain personality to pull off.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think that was an odd question at all! I figure that our imaginations can take us anywhere WE WANT! So there!! I liked all the answers above about the animals' hats & ears, positions & sizes of ears. I also think if your animals are proud enough to wear hats, caps or bonnets, let those ears show - with pride!
Thanks for asking,
Grandma Nancy in central IL

Mary Jo said...

Ones with special ear holes of course. Unless we are talking cats - they will disown you if you try to make them wear a hat.

Özge Başağaç said...

I believe a hat deserves to be worn in an attractive manner so "D) Proper hat-wearing etiquette demands that the hat be set at a jaunty angle, covering one ear and perhaps concealing the other."

DianeH said...

I think C, then D. Most of the time the ears are visible. And of course some have the jaunty attitude for D.

Ryusho said...

C & D - of course animals wear hats holes on some hats depending upon style and placement of ears, no one really enjoys smushed ears. Holes or not the hat is, as I have observed, almost always at a jaunty angle, expressing a sort of irreverent seriousness.

On another note, I am enjoying and appreciate your show prep updates. I am learning a lot about how others approach and manage the flurry of activity and release of pent up ideas.

Thank you!
Ryusho

Loulou in Texas said...

What a fun question! I think it depends on the style of hat and the personality of the critter. For instance, I think a rabbit's ears would stick out of a top hat, as in (C); would be perched in the middle of the ears when wearing a painter's beret, as in (E); and ears would be stuffed under a cowboy hat or sombrero, as in (A). In the case of a baseball hat worn backwards, the rabbit's ears would be pulled to the back of the head, (another option?) but all stuffed under a football helmet, probably as in (B), but for safety reasons, of course. Raccoons and foxes and other animals with an attitude just have to wear their hats cocked to one side, as in (D).
Final answer: It depends...

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