Excerpt from goggle blogger
"Since I last updated this blog as my HNC in Couture Millinery was drawing to a close at Leeds College of Art in June 2013. We all graduated in December 2013 with a great ceremony in Leeds City Hall, followed by a fantastic get together of everyone on the course. Since then I have been continuing my millinery journey and have been fortunate enough to be involved in a number of projects including WoolYorkshire, part of The Campaign for Wool; and Making Headway, a creative professional development course at The Hatting Museum, Stockport.
In November 2014 my contribution to Making Headway - The One Hundred Years Collection - was installed at The Hatting Museum. This collection was created to coincide with the anniversary of the First World War and was directly inspired by the WWI memorabilia and in particular the sweetheart pincushions found in the collections at the Stockport, Museums. The piece below is called Dolly Gray's cloche and forms part of a group of five pieces that I made for the Making Headway Collections and is currently on view at the Hat Museum.
I am now picking up on this blog as I am about to start on a new textile experience at Masseria della Zingara, southern Italy, I leave on Thurday via Edinburgh and Stansted for Bari and am excited to see what the week will hold install for me! This is the brief - experimental, innovative techniques will be introduced to construct textile cloths that reflect the mood and atmosphere of the fabulous shapes, colours and textures to be observed at Masseria della Zingara. Combinations of hand, machine and mixed media will feature.
I hope that my experiences at Masseria della Zingara will inform my millinery practice, and I will learn lots of new creative techniques that are directly applicable to my millinery body of work. Its predicted to be 32 on Sunday I hope I can stand the heat (such a change to our current weather!) and just get on with creating textiles. It certainly looks exciting, clearly going to need the marigolds!"
It was a very exciting day - along with the LCA 2013 alumni our Millinery group graduated from Leeds College of Art the culmination of two years of studying couture millinery. Great to see everyone and to celebrate our hard work.