My enthusiasm was rekindled by attending the Stephen Jones exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 2009, and as part of that took a ‘taster’ workshop of making a simple fascinator with Georgina Abbot, of Atelier Millinery.
From that moment on, I became addicted to hat making – and started attending courses, reading, improvising, researching.
On my very first trip to pick up some materials at a specialist millinery store in London, I struck up a conversation with a gentleman, who I now know to be Dillon Wallwork, who warned me that I was at the top of a slippery slope, and millinery could become an obsession. Many years later, I can confirm that the obsession has taken firm hold.
I have taken many millinery classes during holidays and weekends. These have included ones at Morely College, Bea and Evie, Chloe Scrivener, Jeanette Sendler, Tracy Chaplin, Eugenie van Oirschot, Justine Bradley-Hill, Parkin Fabrics.
I have been an IT auditor for most of my working life, and have been fortunate to travel extensively as part of my job. This has given me great inspiration, and hence, you will find my hats are named after places or buildings I’ve visited. At the end of 2018, I decided to retire from the corporate world and concentrate on hats full time.
So why the name ‘Mill House Millinery’ ? The above is a photograph of my house, which we got from the previous owner, and shows how it was prior to World War 1. The windmill had its sails removed, and was reduced in height to avoid being a landmark. The windmill ‘room’ became my craft studio, and the words ‘mill’ and ‘millinery’ seemed to go together well, hence ‘Mill House Millinery’ was born.