100 Creatives: Candy Caine

What She Does: Candy Caine is our first haberdasher. She makes mini top hats, cocktail hats, feather fascinators, bows, barretts, and fluffies. She started drawing upon skills she learned in 7th grade home economics in order to generate some extra money.

"I have a problem holding onto normal jobs," she said.

Each hat is 100 percent made from scratch, with the base being recycled cardboard or newspaper. She them covers them in fabric and accessories until they meet her high standards. Those standards are reflected in her clientele. Caine has maintained a perfect feedback score on eBay since she began selling, and her hats have appeared in magazine spreads featuring the work of Locked Illusion Photography.

When she's not busy making hats Caine also plays bass in Opulent. We highly recommend their song "The Hallow" for your dark listening pleasure.

Why She Likes It: Oddly enough, Caine does not wear any of her creations. Still, she enjoys seeing others wear them, and loves that people get excited over something she crafted by herself.

What Inspires Her: "What inspires me is my sense of style. I love glitter and feathers! Although you will hardly ever see me in either. And I love to see women in small hats! Some of my bows have been compared to Elmira from the old Tiny Toons cartoons, and I'm okay with that."

If Not This, Then What: If for some reason haberdashery wasn't an option, Cain would just move further down the human form to some other area of fashion. Plus, there's always the bass playing to keep her busy.

If Not Here, Then Where: "If I didn't live and work here in Houston, I probably wouldn't go far. I was born just outside of Dallas, and I think I would migrate back that way. I'd like to be somewhere where it snows, for sure."

What's Next: As you might have guessed, Halloween is Caine's busiest season. She'll be elbow deep in fabric until Santa shoves Jack Skellington out of the big kids' chair. Also, look for her with Opulent onstage at the Horror Dance film festival.

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