Anna Hammam is studying Accessories Design and Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is the 2014 recipient of the THA Baik Scholarship. She is following in the footsteps of her grandmothers; Irene, who was a knitwear designer in NYC for 30 years, and Jadwiga, who made beautiful hats in the 60s. Both grandmother’s taught her how to knit, crochet and sew, contributing to and nurturing her skill set.
Anna could knit before she could write, and hand-knit sweaters for the dolls were her first designs. Anna’s skills are versatile and constantly evolving; her tool kit includes hat blocking, sewing, knitting, crochet, tailoring, beading, embroidery, silk screen printing, leather & fur work. She also worked as an assistant to the costume designer of the Anna Maria Ciccone Theater in Paramus, NJ. Anna currently specializes in custom, one of a kind accessories made by request. In her designs, she combines knits, and leather techniques she learned at FIT.
In June 2013, Anna exhibited her work at the Paterson Art Walk at the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ. The art piece was a hand knit elf hat measuring approximately thirteen feet in length. Start to finish the piece took more than 300 hours to complete.