I am delighted to have been asked to talk about my work as a couture milliner, my sources of inspiration and design methodology for the northern branch of The Art Fund_ at the Northumberland Golf Course on April 11th.
My hat illustrated talk will be part of an exciting afternoon entitled "A Royal Celebration of Hats and Flowers". After a break for tea, when my models will be wearing my hats and headpieces, the second talk will be on the mid 20th century floral designer Constance Spry.
Aged 66 in 1953 Spry was commissioned to arrange the flowers at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and this started a new style of floral arrangement. Whilst art historian Jean Stokes talks through Spry's work, Sue May will be creating a typical Spry flower display.
Looks like it should be a great afternoon. There are still a limited number of tickets available priced at £35 including afternoon tea. For tickets contact www.artfund.org/northumberland. I just need to choose my hat now!
Image credits - Dmi, editor-in-chief at Humble magazine @dmitrij.co.uk, @humble_mag, Venue Pinko Official @pinkofficial, Organisers X Terrace Fashion Platform @xterrace, all masterminded by Monique Lee Hylands-White @mlmhats
Just back from a great couple of days at Belford Arts Festival, where despite the unrelenting rain, mist & unseasonably damp & chilly weather, it was lovely to met lots of new potential clients, local residents, visitors & the other creatives showing in the marquee at Venue 7.
Meanwhile I launched some new pieces in advance of my pop up shop at Fenwick of York, in August and found some willing models in Esther & Erica.
Thank you ladies for being so game in such poor conditions!
And finally a huge thank you to Fiona Renner-Thompson & her team for masterminding and organising the Belford Arts Festival and remaining steadfastly cheerful in the awful weather. Looking forward to next year and a better forecast!
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.