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A Celebration of Alnwick Garden will go to London!

by Margaret Woodliff | December 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Great Hat Exhibition will mark next year's London Hat Week, a week long international millinery event, staged across Central London in March 2018.

The exhibition, first organised in 2015, is mastermined by the brilliant fashion team "XTerrace" based at the Central London site of Coventry University. The XTerrace team led by their charismatic Professor (& milliner) Monique Lee Hylands-White, are currently busy organising the next March's exhibition which will be staged in March 2018, at St. Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre (5 mins walk from King's Cross station).

I was stunned when two of my pieces were selected for inclusion in the 2016 exhibition "MillinerXArtisan". So to promote my current work, a few weeks ago I submitted two couture pieces from my Northumberland collection for consideration to be included in the selection for "The Great Hat Exhibition". 

Yesterday I received a lovely email from the team at XTerrace advising that both pieces have been selected. So which ones I can hear you asking can you see there in March?

Many of my regular blog readers will be familiar with "An English Country Garden", which has had a very busy year, having been well received both in both Melbourne & Nebraska, not to mention Alnwick! And now it will go to London, too, along with one of my newest pieces "A Celebration of Alnwick Garden". This new piece features totally new techniques for me, and has also been selected as one of the top 30 (out of an exhibition pool of almost 300 hats & headpieces) to be shown at the pre-press launch!

Phew, I am delighted by the news!

Here's a link for moire information with instructions as to how you can purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-hat-exhibition-2018-tickets-38042433944

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Heald wires & weft featured in cutting edge media

by Margaret Woodliff | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last Autumn Tony Wellington, Creative Director and force behind The Bite, the London based online fashion and lifestyle magazine, was a guest at the preview night for the MillinerXArtisan exhibition.

Staged in October, the exhibition featured over 130 specially selected millinery headpieces and was the brain child of Professor Monique Lee Hylands-White. Monique a hugely respected milliner, curated the cutting edge exhibition staging it at Coventry University's London Campus. As I had two pieces selected for the exhibition - Heald wire & Weft - I was there too!

Tony's creative team wrote about the concept behind the exhibition and his impressions of the opening night in issue 17 of the magazine, bit.ly/2oPCVSy. 

Everyone who attended the opening night or visited on one of the successive days was aware that the exhibition created a melting pot of creativity, there was a real buzz of excitement, and headwear, headwear, headwear was everywhere! This week Tony published issue 18, bit.ly/2oPqZjV

In this edition he has included a further article inspired by the exhibition, this time he has focussed on my work as a milliner - including my millinery journey from retail buyer to couture milliner with a keen interest in recycling. The piece also covers the sources of inspiration for the two pieces Monique selected for the exhibition, Heald Wire & Weft. You can also read the review on my press page 

Spring - seen above was made for the opening night of MillinerXArtisan - is another example of my recycled work, a cocktail piece made from recycled heald wires from a woollen and scuba fabric from clothing purchased at Oxfam!

Image GIS Photographic


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