"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.
I was delighted to meet the Castleside Craft group again on Monday 18th January. We spent the morning learning how to make dahlia corsages, the logo of HospiceCare Northumberland, and as you can see from the happy faces everyone was pleased with their achievements!
The group who support the work of HospiceCare Northumberland through their crafting activities are now working on projects for the upcoming Joy of Spring Fair, which will be held on Sunday April 10th at The MacDonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club NE65 8XF.
Save the date - the first date for your diaries though is the Spring Fashion Show at Alnwick Garden Pavillon on Friday March 11th 7pm, when my headpieces will be appearing on the catwalk! Tickets priced at £10 will be available shortly via HospiceCare.
If you are interested in joining one of my workshops please get in touch via my contact page.
Thank you everyone who has been in touch during the year, commissioned couture head pieces and supported HospiceCare Northumberland.
Since I graduated from Leeds College of Art in December 2013, it has been a pleasure to meet so many of you at the fairs and hospice events I have been privileged to attend and to realise how many of you are interested in my work, here in rural North Northumberland. So for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is a quick glimpse – tucked behind the hellebores from our garden – of selected pieces from my autumn range including a number of pieces from The One Hundred Years Collection. This collection inspired by the anniversary of the First World War is just back being exhibited at Making Headway, at The Hat Museum, Stockport where I was part of a creative professional development project funded by The Arts Council & Mary Portas
For 2016 not only will I be designing headpieces and organising workshops - the workshop list will be published in the NewYear - I am also delighted to announce that I will be involved another major fund raiser in aid of HospiceCare. So please join us at Alnwick Garden for HospiceCare's annual fashion on Friday March 11th 7 - 9pm show when I will be launching my new S/S range on the catwalk. Tickets £10 each, will be available from HospiceCare.
Finally as Christmas is nearly upon us, and with this comes my Christmas birthday, here’s an amusing new children’s book I have just found – I feel I will have to start dropping a few hints about Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau to Simon. The book looks great fun for young and old alike who are interested in hats, and the review contains the classic quote, which epitomises my attitude to millinery – “What do you love most about millinery? The limitless potential for wearable art!”
Happy Christmas to you all!