Oh The Places They’ll Go

Theodor Seuss Geisel, or as he’s more commonly known, Dr. Seuss, was a talented author, illustrator and animator. In that respect you could say he wore many hats. You could also say he literally wore many hats because, well, he literally wore many different kinds of hats (below).

Seuss had an entire closet, hidden behind a bookcase in his house, dedicated to his collection of around 500 hats. As you can see from the pictures above, many of the hats were elaborately decorated and each has their own stories to tell. In order to bring those stories to life he would even have his house guests don one and ask that they embody the character for the evening. The different conversations and interactions that were then created would serve as inspiration for his books and the characters in them.

He would also wear the hats himself when he was facing artist’s block or in a creative drought. I don’t imagine it would be quite as entertaining as the improvisation that results from the above scenarios, but it was clearly still effective.

Many characters in Dr. Seuss’s books wore hats (Cat in the Hat, Grinch, etc.) that either directly or indirectly played into the plot of his works. The obvious influence in his stories aren’t the only effect his hat collection has had. Parts of his collection have even been part of a touring exhibition to celebrate him.

I hope this look at Seuss’s inspirational experiments was enlightening and encourages you to create in the most creative way you know how!


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