Second collection for Making Headway gets advanced press coverage in Northumberland!
As you may know Making Headway is a project based at the National Hat Museum (situated a short train ride from Manchester) at Stockport, in which I am currently involved. The project aims are to create and launch two contemporary millinery collections - thirteen new milliners were selected to create the collection, by an open international selection process. The inspiration for these two collections is to be derived from Stockport itself, history, museums and their collections, & hatting history; and through this process the aim is to enhance the public awareness of Stockport itself.
Despite being based in Northumberland I have been regularly visiting Stockport to progress the project, looking at items held both in the museums and kindly taken out of the "stores" by Bronwen Simpson and her team for us to look at. Of particular interest to me was a selection of WW1 memorabilia, that Bronwen bought out of the stores, and more particularly WW1 sweetheart pincushions. This memorabilia was the source of inspiration for my second collection entitled "One Hundred Years". A collection of five pieces, it was despatched to Stockport last Monday in preparation for the Press Launch on November 20th at the Hat Museum.
As the second collection was nearing completion I contacted James Willoughby, a journalist at the Northumberland Gazette, who had already tracked my journey through an HNC in Couture Millinery at Leeds College of Art and indeed my first collection, in his initial article about Making Headway, for the Northumberland Gazette, on May 8th. James very kindly ran another article on October 30th, featuring my new collection and its inspiration - memorabilia of the First World War period.
I am also delighted to say that the day before the collection was sent to Stockport I was able to show it the bustling wedding fair held by DawnMarie Wedding & Event Design at Doxford Hall on November 2nd. I was overwhelmed by the very positive reaction it received. Many looking at the collection came especially to see it before it was couriered to the Hat Museum - they already knew about it from the article in the Gazette so were keen to see the individual designs for themselves.
My next blog post will give more details of the inspiration and the design process, and images of the collection itself. In the meantime here is an image of a sweet heart pincushion made by a member of the Northumberland Fusiliers.