Millinery Summer School
This two week intensive millinery course has been designed to cover all the key elements of 'Introduction to Millinery' and 'Millinery 2'. The course will introduce the technical skills needed for blocking and shaping straw and felt. It will also allow you to develop your understanding of design, proportion, balance and the application of colour: taking your basic millinery knowledge a stage further...
Taught by: Jessica Broas.
This two week intensive millinery course has been designed to cover all the key elements of 'Introduction to Millinery' and 'Millinery 2'. The course will introduce the technical skills needed for blocking and shaping straw and felt. It will also allow you to develop your understanding of design, proportion, balance and the application of colour: taking your basic millinery knowledge a stage further.
The course will include
- An introduction to professional millinery techniques
- How to use a range of specialist traditional equipment
- Introduction to a range of decorative techniques and methods of professionally finishing hats
- Measuring the head and fitting the hat
- How to select from a wide range of woven and knitted fabrics, felts and straw and how to appropriately apply them to your designs
- The selection and use of a variety of foundation materials
- Introduction to the art of draping fabrics as either a trimming or for a whole hat
- Techniques for blocking felt, straw and foundation materials thus enabling you to further develop your manipulation skills
Most students will produce 2 hats (1 felt, 1 straw) during the course, depending upon the speed with which you work.
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Jessica Broas is an American born, London based milliner. Jessica studied Fine Art at Rhode Island School of Design in the States and Goldsmiths College in the UK. Her artwork has been shown around the world in numerous group and solo shows. Jessica's influences are broad and eclectic, from clouds to the sculpture of Christo, from the flamboyant designs of Schiaparelli to the flora and fauna of the streets of Hackney, where she resides. Juxtaposing these influences; combining the traditional and the contemporary has remained central to her work. Personal history is a major source of inspiration. Jessica worked for Jeff Koons in his New York City studio in the early Noughties. It is here that she discovered the importance of materials, their ability to convey meaning and how they affect a finished artwork. Having worked in architecture, written and performed in an all-girl rock band Jessica took a step sideways and undertook a personal journey; learning couture millinery from Rose Cory and how to harness ones creative influences and artistic vision into a wearable hat from milliner Piers Atkinson along the way. Pushing boundaries and innovation with materials, design and craft in millinery is a driving force in her work. Jessica has also been teaching at LCF for several years, on various Millinery courses. http://www.jessicabroas.com/index.html
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- Needles (millinery sizes, 6, 7 & 8 or a mixed pack of 3-9)
- Tape measure
- Fabric and paper scissors
- Polyester thread (black and white and any other colour to match the hat you are making)
- Tailors chalk
- Household pins (26 x 0.75mm), dressmaking pins (30 x 0.60mm)
- Cling film
- Pencil, pen, eraser, ruler and notebook
- Sticky tape
Please allow at least £40 to purchase fabrics and trimmings for this course. Advice will be given on the selection and purchase of these items and participants will be encouraged to visit suppliers to make appropriate purchases before or after each class.
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