The Atelier team is responsible for teaching most of the courses that run out of the boutique but we also have guest tutors. Jane Fryers teaches the Fish Leather workshop with us a couple of times a year. We tried it and we are, excuse the pun, hooked! We caught up with Jane on her return from the International Millinery Forum in Wagga Wagga (regional NSW) Australia.
What is the International Millinery Forum?
The forum aims to bring milliners together to learn the latest techniques, skills and millinery trends from around Australia and the world. It’s a bit like London Hat Week but more of a convention for milliners and it’s based in a single location. There is a huge team of volunteers involved in organising the event.
Like London Hat Week there’s a market place with suppliers and there are workshops run by local and international milliners. As well as myself; Emma Yeo, Sophie Beale and Ian Bennett were there from the UK. Australian milliner Carole Maher was also there teaching Thermoplastics.
What did you teach?
I taught four workshops over four days including the Asymmetrical Rose Headband which is the course I teach at Atelier. Most of the people signed up for my course had done millinery before and were looking to work with a material new to them so my aim was to show them what a versatile material fish leather can be.
Above pictured: Asymmetrical Rose Headband and Fish Leather roses
Below pictured: Tropical Branch Headband, Fish leather Beret in progress and Rose Organ, President of Riverina Millinery Association, wearing her Fish Leather Beret at the Gala Evening.
What else did you do while you were there?
There was a gala evening and two fashion shows including one specifically for tutors to showcase their work. I made 1950’s style swim hats entirely out of salmon leather but couldn’t quite persuade my lovely models to do the catwalk wearing 1950s style bathing suits to match! I had just enough time to feed a kangaroo before I came home.
For more information about Jane’s course and other courses that run at Atelier check our website. Get top millinery tips from Jane and other milliners on our blog. If you’re missing London Hat Week you can still buy your souvenir bag here London Hat Week.