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
I have realised that I enjoy the challenge of making head pieces and hats from recycled materials!
I think what's so lovely about recycled work is that due to the "constriction" that the material itself puts upon you, not only is the initial concept and design inspiration for the piece stretching, it all feels so much more purposeful because I am reusing a resource that would otherwise have been disposed of.
Immediately I look at the piece I can remember where, when and from whom I acquired the material I am using. So the hat I make comes with a ready made history of its own, already!
Taking this one step further what's so precious in the case of a commission - for instance making use of a loved one's sweater - is that of course I include details where possible such as the original labels, and in the legend I enclose in your hat box there will notes on the inspiration source along with making details. So all in all I feel that just by using recycled materials it can make the piece so much more meaningful.
To show you a few more of my recycled pieces in the context of my overall work I thought I would use the lovely editorial that has just popped up thanks to Highlights PR - this time across four pages in the February 2017 edition of Machine Knitting Monthly. The MKM piece profiles my millinery story, and touches upon my recycled work, the "MillinerXArtisan" XTerrace Platform & "The Cupola" International exhibitions along with the North of England Wedding Awards.
Please take a look and browse through the lovely photographs taken by Jim Gibson of GIS Photographic, and you will see there are numerous pieces featured on these pages including some of the recycled collection - le recyclage, Spring and Bow Ties. If you are interested in commissioning a couture hat or exploring the possibility of a recycled memory piece, just use the Contact form.
There are further details of the exhibitions and recycled pieces selected in my earlier blog posts including this one, written up last Autumn.
October 23rd 2016 - Whirlwind trip to London Hat Week http://www.margaretwoodliffwright.com/blogs/news/topping-off-your-topper