Making From a Place of Joy

One of the things I love about hat-making is creating mini collections around one theme or idea. These might develop into a model I carry forward or they may stay as one-offs. In the last 6 months I’ve been working a number of these micro-collections and its been so exciting to reconnect with the joy of making.

I’ve given myself permission to experiment whilst adopting the discipline needed to complete unfinished projects that I have procrastinated over for far too long. 

My work has definitely turned a corner and I have lots of new hats that reflect the joy I have had making them. So expect to hear more about it over the coming weeks – I’ll be sharing images of new work on my Instagram and on my Facebook page so make sure you are following! I will be revealing lots of new work at our Open Studios event at Marketplace on the 6th July 10am – 4pm and you are all invited!

Exciting Times!

I can honestly say that 2017 has been a complete whirlwind, and I have really missed taking time-out to reflect on what I’ve been doing.

Between organising the HATstock festival in Stockport, Wear A Hat Day,  a studio move, developing workshops, delivering talks, joining a new crit group, working with bio-fabric, doing courses in flatlay and working with straw as well as meeting my friend Katie’s Alpacas – its been totally full-on!

Thanks to the fantastic Sara Auty of SAZmedia, I also fitted in a photoshoot too! The pic of me in the scarf half-hat / percher is one of hers!

I’ll be sharing what I’ve been up to over the next few weeks and revealing whats to come – no spoilers but I’m working on lots of exciting projects! In the mean-time, get a flavour of the great time we all had at HATstock here.

 

OPEN STUDIOS 10th- 11th Dec 11am-5pm

Pop in – Have a chat -Try on hats – Revamp your Hat – Make a Headband – Shop Local

Emma Fozard and I are throwing open the doors of Studio 5 as part of Open Studios at Marketplace on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 11am – 5pm.

Bring along a hat that needs some TLC and we can have a go at giving it a new lease of life. Drop-in to make a fabric bow headband with Emma between 12noon – 2pm.

A selling exhibition of work made by makers at Marketplace in our gallery space on the ground floor will be open and the last Vintage Village of the year is also happening on Sunday so Stockport really is the place to be this weekend!

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Sharing Hatting Success – Part 1

The last 2 weeks have been a total roller coaster, full of millinery milestones! I exhibited in my first selling show as part of the Sale Arts Trail. My stand was in the bar area of the quirky Masonic Hall venue. It was great to exhibit alongside embroidery artist Julia Jowett, textile designer Annabel Perrin and jeweller Jo Lavelle. I couldn’t have asked for better company!

Encouraged by Julia and Jo, I got my hat steamer out and did an impromptu blocking demonstration. People enjoyed seeing the process and it helped to illustrate the amount of work that goes into making a hat.

Hats really only come alive when someone tries them on and although I do like trying my hats on in my studio, it just can’t beat the feeling of fitting a hat on a customer and seeing the effect. They hold themselves differently, adopting the posture of an elegant figure from a fashion illustration of yesteryear. The head tilts and the pout comes out as they look in the mirror to see a person transformed looking back. Watching this happen again and again as the weekend progressed was a total thrill. So thank-you to all the people who came, tried on and purchased hats – it was lovely spending time with you.

Watch out for Part 2 of Sharing Success in a few days!