It has been a while since my last post I know. If you follow me on Instagram though you might have seen some personal posts explaining shortly what the reasons are. Instead of explaining it now I think I will leave it for another post and instead I am going to share with you some recent happenings.
In the beginning of November this year I was honored to participate at the Dutch National Hat Day as a workshop tutor. The event is organized by the Dutch Hat Association once a year and it is a day where every hat enthusiasts, hat professional or hobbyist come together to learn something new, buy some hat making supplies and catch up with old and new friends. There was also a hat exhibition which was really nice to see. Although it was the national Dutch Hat Day I was very pleasantly surprised to meet such versatile group of people from other countries such as the USA, Germany, France and Belgium and even some African hat makers. My interest in hat making has been growing steadily ( or probably exponentially if you ask my husband…) over the last year and it is certainly having impact on how I see design today versus how I saw it a year ago. There is something magical when you are surrounded by people who share your passion. And having such well organized event by all the lovely people from the DHA just added to the amazing day.
In the morning of the day I gave a workshop about tiara making. During the nearly 2 hour workshop I taught techniques I use in my bridal headpiece designs from the “Sun kissed” collection 2017. Some of the techniques included the beaded leaves and crystal twigs along with making hair vines. The workshop appeared to be very popular and a real success as some of the students requested follow ups and extra workshops. I also brought some of my designs to show so I can give examples how to incorporate the techniques in wedding accessories such as wedding combs, tiaras, crowns, hair pins and bespoke headpiece designs.
The second half of the day was filled with private lessons I gave along with a some awesome material shopping and chatting with great friends. I think I can sit for days with like minded people and just talk about hats and headpieces non stop. I was so engaged with the event that I didn’t make a single photo and I really regret it. But we all learn from our mistakes so guess who will be visiting the event next year again with the camera in hand? Me at least! Special thanks to Maria Etkind from Maria Etkind Millinery and Joke Velema from Pierre et Pierre for below photos for my blog.
I love sharing my knowledge with other passionate creative people so I am seriously considering workshop schedule for the upcoming year. I am also giving private online courses. What do you think? Would you be interested in learning how to make your own headpiece? Get in touch and lets get these creative juices flowing.