On 19th November, local milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright came in to talk to the Friends about her work. The following responses to her talk are from two of our fellow members:
A talk by Margaret Woodliff Wright
Margaret introduced her talk by showing a video about the large variety of hats that were available. Margaret then went on to describe her journey of becoming a Milliner, her training, her exhibitions, her workshop themes and the materials she uses to make her hats. Everyone was very interested in the talk and numerous questions were asked. Margaret brought with her an extensive collection of her hats which were amazing – each one completely different. It was a very enjoyable evening talk.
Hatton’s for Hats
During her talk, Margaret Woodliff Wright led us through her professional and academic career from her position as a Buyer at Fenwick, as a mature graduate in Couture Millinery at Leeds University, to being an exhibitor at London Hat Week.
She explained the inspiration and background to her numerous collections and how she sourced materials to construct her head pieces.
Margaret frequently uses recycled and repurposed materials in her work. It was amazing to see an unwanted jumper donated by a friend designed and created into a unique, couture masterpiece.
Another one of the wonderful exhibition pieces was made from recycled metal formerly part of a weaving loom.
My personal favourite was the carefully researched and inspirational WW1 Collection. In particular the Sweetheart Pincushions, with their most beautiful linings.
Not only does Margaret design hats and fascinators she also has a new range of headbands which are also proving to be very desirable.
As well as her internationally featured millinery business, Margaret accepts commissions and holds teaching workshops and masterclasses to share her expertise.
She is truly an Artist Maker.
Doug Howell MBE.