How did you become interested in millinery?
I became interested in millinery back in the early 1980’s while I was in art school and decided to make myself a New Years dress and a matching hat. I was also fascinated by headwear from various countries and throughout history.
Where and how did you learn millinery?
My mother was a seamstress and taught me to sew. I also learned it from a friend of my moms while we were back in Paris. Later I took a workshop with Louise MacDonald.
How long have you been a milliner for?
Since the late 1980’s. I studied art and then Interior Design, but ventured into hat making late 1980’s, which led me to open up my own hat store.
Where else did you work?
I freelanced most of my life and supported myself on my creative ventures.
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
From my vintage wardrobe, old movies, nature, and some sci-fi.
What has been your most enjoyable commission?
Creating a hat for a sci-fi series in Toronto Canada.
How would you describe your style of hats?
Who do you make hats for? Churchgoers? Brides? Everyday wear?
Mostly for all occasions, I love creating hats for film and television. Anything that allows me to explore materials.
What materials and techniques do you favour?
Anything that I can sculpt.