After the return of "An English Country Garden" from its successful trip to MIMC in February in Melbourne, the culmination of the Nebraskan collective millinery project was that I sent the headpiece to Springfield, Nebraska, in late March. This is where the organiser Margie Trembley has her hat gallery, and where she had organised to display the nine pieces the group had made, from April through to June.
Margie put on a great show and got lots of local press coverage, including being interviewed on the local radio, The Omaha World Herald, & The Country Registrar Nebraska; meanwhile in France Lisa Delice's involvement was written up in Nice-Matin!
Here in the UK Sara McHugh submitted copy and images to "The Hat" the prestigious millinery trade magazine who ran a feature in late June. Finally the project went viral when HaTalk, an online hat magazine, featured the story with copy from both Margie & I in June!
To coincide with a closing soiree at the gallery Margie ran a "most popular" pole for the exhibition visitors to the gallery to vote on the nine hats. I was delighted when "An English Country Garden" came top! Stunned too when she emailed to say I had won a lovely prize donated by Hat Academy, of classes from the Academy of online hat millinery tutorials.
I think this is an opportunity on behalf of all the participants to thank Margie & her husband for all their efforts in organising the project, which were greatly appreciated. Can't wait to see "An English Country Garden" on its return to the UK, and for it to be off to it next project!
"An English Country Garden" returned to Alnwick from MIMC in Melbourne in mid March to be feted on the catwalk at The Duchess High School fashion show. The show was in aid of HospiceCare Northumberland.
As soon as it was off the catwalk I boxed it up and it has now put in a few more hat miles, jetting over to Nebraska, USA. An English Country Garden will be on show there at Margie Trembley's Chapeaux Emporium in Springwood along with other headpieces by nine international milliners until June.
Here are a few more detailed images of the piece inspired by my Northumberland garden last summer, which utilized the (same) varied assortment of millinery materials sent to all nine milliners by Margie, late last summer.
In the summer of 2016 I enrolled into a world wide group of nine milliners. The aim of the group was to challenge its members by supplying them all the same "pot luck" bag of millinery materials. The group is led by Margie Trembley of Omaha. In the image below you can see the selection of pieces that we received from Margie.
Margie stipulated that we must use something of everything, but that some dyeing was allowed.
Taking inspiration from our Northumberland garden I created my piece "An English Country Garden".
In due course I submitted my piece to MIMC - an international millinery competition being run by Catherine Ellen of The Essential Hat in Melbourne.
I am currently hoping that it may win the "peoples vote!" Please click on the link and follow it through to vote on FaceBook for entry "no 39"