I am delighted to have made a beautiful new piece "Nicole" - a fund raiser for the Kickin' Cancer campaign.
Nicole - seen here displayed in a black bud vase
Thinking Pink I have called the piece "Nicole" after a very special lady, and have dedicated it to all those women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. "Nicole" will be auctioned at the fund raising Kickin' Cancer family barbecue (fund raising for the cancer unit at Alnwick Hospital) at Alnmouth & Lesbury Cricket Club on Sunday July 16th. The auction starts at 3.30pm prompt.
If you can't make the auction, fear not as I can make Nicole in other colour-ways too, so if you are interested in a special piece for a occasion this summer - be it for the races, garden party, wedding or another celebration - please give me a call or email. In August you can see my latest collection in Fenwicks of York when I launch a month long millinery pop up shop especially for those summer occasions and The Ebor race week, find me on the first floor in The Design Room.
I am delighted to announce that my next appearance to show my couture millinery will be at The Belford Arts Festival, Northumberland. I will be showing a selection of pieces including pieces from my archival One Hundred Years Collection, in most beautiful location - The Ballroom, at The BlueBell, Belford.
Just in case you're interested and would like to see the programme, here's a link to copy and paste in your browser which will take you straight to details of the very exiting and hugely varied Arts Festival programme - there will also be a film festival running concurrently. Please do support the Arts Festival (new this year) by coming along if you can.
And another date for your diary is my pop up shop in The Design Room at Fenwick of York, where my summer collections will be available for the month of August. So I am making lots of new pieces, as I write! I am excited to be visiting the store regularly to talk to the customers about the design process of making a couture hat or headpiece, throughout August. Look forward to meeting you there.
After the return of "An English Country Garden" from its successful trip to MIMC in February in Melbourne, the culmination of the Nebraskan collective millinery project was that I sent the headpiece to Springfield, Nebraska, in late March. This is where the organiser Margie Trembley has her hat gallery, and where she had organised to display the nine pieces the group had made, from April through to June.
Margie put on a great show and got lots of local press coverage, including being interviewed on the local radio, The Omaha World Herald, & The Country Registrar Nebraska; meanwhile in France Lisa Delice's involvement was written up in Nice-Matin!
Here in the UK Sara McHugh submitted copy and images to "The Hat" the prestigious millinery trade magazine who ran a feature in late June. Finally the project went viral when HaTalk, an online hat magazine, featured the story with copy from both Margie & I in June!
To coincide with a closing soiree at the gallery Margie ran a "most popular" pole for the exhibition visitors to the gallery to vote on the nine hats. I was delighted when "An English Country Garden" came top! Stunned too when she emailed to say I had won a lovely prize donated by Hat Academy, of classes from the Academy of online hat millinery tutorials.
I think this is an opportunity on behalf of all the participants to thank Margie & her husband for all their efforts in organising the project, which were greatly appreciated. Can't wait to see "An English Country Garden" on its return to the UK, and for it to be off to it next project!