Creating “The Northumberland Milliner”

Talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Tuesday, 19th November – 6 pm nibbles, 6.30 to 7.30 talk
Seminar Room, Hatton Gallery

MaIMG_9540rgaret initially trained to teach Art and Design at HildsBede, Durham, where she specialised in ceramics. On graduation believing that she needed a little more experience of life before settling into teaching, she applied for a graduate trainee scheme at Selfridges W1, eventually retuning to the NE to take up the role of the Fenwick Glass & China Buyer. Somewhat later, aware that she needed to reconnect more actively with her earlier creative life, she applied to Leeds College of Art in 2011, and after a 2-year intensive course, graduated in 2013 with High Distinctions in HNC Couture Millinery.

Hat and photo © Margaret Woodliff WrightSince founding her studio Margaret “The Northumberland Milliner” uses her research of current fashion, textile design and material trends – along with historical references, art, travel and cultural experiences – to inform her millinery collections. She enjoys working closely with individual clients to create unique hats and headpieces for them, as well as making “ready to wear’ collections, which are regularly featured in the press both locally and nationally as well as in “coffee table” publications.

In the wider creative world she has been involved in a number of collaborations and international millinery exhibitions including Arts Council funded inner city retail regeneration projects.  (This summer for instance, three of her contemporary pieces have been on the catwalk at an international exhibition on the island of Palma!) Recycling and up cycling are frequent themes of these external exhibitions.

Her talk will include her introduction to millinery, how a couture hat is made, materials and components, some of her latest exhibition pieces, and as she has now made a return to the world of teaching – her current workshop topics.  She will also be showing a short video, which gives a contemporary introduction to millinery.

For a place please email Josephinecousin@googlemail.com

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