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.
A little time ago I was commissioned by a lovely lady called Ann to design and make a hat for her to wear to a very special wedding, which took place this Saturday.
The great bonus of a couture commission is talking to your client at the initial consultation so you can create a design that fulfils their dreams. Ann & I enjoyed some stimulating & amusing discussions and very soon settled on the design to complete her beautiful lace ensemble. Here you see Ann wearing the finished headpiece, a layered sinamay saucer embellished with tail feathers from Pendragon - the renown peacock who lives at Hopetoun House, Edinburgh - finished with Guterman sequins, and crin ruffles.
Imagine my delight when the first image I received from Ann was that of a typical Northumberland country scene, a delightful family vignette! I can't wait to see the rest of the images, in the meantime here's the lovely picture of Ann, her son & two grandsons, Ann looks so incredibly stylish and proud!
I'm so pleased the weather held fine, too.
Thank you so much for the wonderful commission, Ann.
Thought I would post this lovely mother and daughter image of a commission from last summer. The mother and bride pride and joy shines out of the image, they both look so relaxed and happy.
Ann's black sinamay wired edge saucer is a stunningly simple shape allowing lots of opportunity to make a decorative statement on the front. Here we featured cerise pink wired flowers with beaded stamens and wired loops, and just hiding in the image on the underside of the saucer are black wired sepals. Set on a wide head band, the saucer shape is easy and comfortable one to wear and whilst it is very decorative as it is a medium sized saucer it doesn't overshadow the outfit.
I am sure you will agree with me that Ann looks fantastic!