How did you become interested in millinery?
Since I was a young girl I have always been interested in hats. I would spend a good deal of my pocket money on vintage hats from op-shops!
Where and how did you learn millinery?
After teaching myself how to sew when I was in high school, I made some fabric pillboxes. Still intrigued, I did a short course at Subiaco Hatters in Perth. After moving to Melbourne I was introduced to the wonderful world of model millinery by the talented Jill Nolan and Doris Chivers from Ascot School of Millinery. I have learned much from millinery master classes and a lot of learning just comes from experimenting. I never stop learning.
How long have you been a milliner? Where else did you work?
I started learning millinery about 20 years ago. I’m not sure when the transition was made from student to milliner! I have a science degree and worked for 10 years as a research assistant but it wasn’t me. I then went back to school to study fashion. Millinery has always been there as a creative outlet.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I am in love with vintage fashion so that would be huge inspiration. It also comes from fabrics (a self confessed fabric addict!) and textiles, architecture, flowers, colour, textures and the millinery materials themselves.
What has been your most enjoyable commission?
It is most enjoyable when your client trusts you enough to give you creative control (and enough time to complete it well).
How would you describe your style of hats?
Simple, yet bold. No fluff! Contemporary with a touch of vintage.
Who do you make hats for?
Mostly race-goers, but my hats are for anyone and everyone. I am making a range of kids hats!
What materials and techniques do you favour?
All millinery materials are appealing to me, especially the vintage ones. I prefer shaping a hat in the hand over blocking and love the freedom of wirework.
Do you have any other interests, hobbies?
I love to sew and have recently done some fashion-related short courses – screen printing, jewellery and bag making. My remaining time is spent with my family. We love to cook and eat!