Sharing and pooling knowledge with other milliners is key to one's creative development as a milliner. Learning from milliners who are at the "top of their game" and are willing to impart to those less experienced some of their techniques and expertise, is terribly important as it can really lift your level of creative practice, giving it a real impetus and new direction.
So far this summer I have been really fortunate to participate in classes lead by the Australian milliners Carole Maher - at Tracy Chaplin's lovely French workshops in Alan, Toulouse - and Jane Stoddart in London.
It was wonderful last week to meet Eugenie at one of The Creative Workshop's London masterclasses, back again courtesy of the effervescent Peculiar Treasure! Eugenie generously shared her expertise in repetition & straw braid work along with pandering graciously to the all important but temperamental sewing machines.
I really feel that my millinery practice has developed hugely as a result of these intensive learning sessions.
Of course Eugenie's not in this image - as she took it! There's lots more on Facebook - Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery Page - you will see her & the pieces I made, there. Please take a look.
Delighted to have been asked to show my latest millinery collections at The George Hotel on Friday May 20th, in support of Smart Works, a charity that offers out-of-work women from all walks of life a way back into the career world.
At yesterday's showing at Doxford Hall in support of HospiceCare, Northumberland, I was very pleased with the very enthusiastic reaction to my collections; so I am excited now to be planning another event when my newest pieces, made a couple of weeks ago in Alan Toulouse, at a week long Masterclass with Carole Maher from Sydney, will be on show.
The Smart Work's tea looks lovely!
Very excited to have had the opportunity to experience new millinery techniques and materials in the wonderful setting of The Bishop's Palace, Alan, Toulouse, with Carole Maher & Tracy Chaplin.
Carole Maher is a wonderfully talented milliner - experienced, patient and generous teacher - we all had a wonderful week, learning and laughing! When she's not travelling the world teaching, Carole, The Sydney Milliner,
has world wide clientele & makes over 400 hundred hats a year from her beautiful Australian workroom.
Here we are enjoying a celebration for the last night of the course, each of us wearing one of our own pieces (L to R) Carole, Margaret & Tracy.