Accessories For Beginners
Do you have a creative eye and would you like to gain basic skills in accessory design? Perhaps you have thought about creating your own accessories, but need some guidance. During this course you will develop studio-based design, research and portfolio building skills, whilst learning about basic accessory design, construction and trimmings across two areas: Bags and Headpieces.
Choose from two basic bag patterns and get creative with headpieces; designing and making fabric/jewelled hairbands, attach fashionable and decorative veils.
Some fabrics will be provided (silks for flower-making and various print and plain cottons for bags). However if you have particular fabrics you would like to use please bring them on the first day of the course (see materials list for more details).
By the end of the course you will leave with at least one finished piece (for example one bag or item of headwear) and have had an opportunity to try other techniques. Plus a sketchbook of ideas for your portfolio for further study and design development.
Who should take this course:
Experimentation and creative development are key, so if you have lots of ideas and can hand sew then this class will be suitable.
This course is low-tech, so no previous machine sewing or pattern-cutting skills are required, however you should have hand-sewing experience.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Joanne Edwards worked within the fashion industry for ten years, designing womenswear and bridal dresses before starting up her own range of headwear and accessories in 2012. She studied under innovative milliner Noel Stewart, before working for couture milliner Edwina Ibbotson and fashion milliner to the celebrities Piers Atkinson. Joanne creates hand crafted bespoke hats and accessories for private clients and special events, such as Royal Ascot. She also collaborates on fashion and headwear projects, for brands including Vidal Sassoon.
Please bring with you to the first session:
Fabric and paper scissors
Some fabric will be provided however if you have any fabric or decorative trimmings that you would like to use please bring it with you – as a rough guide you will need 70cm square fabric and 70cm square lining fabric, any scraps can be used for embellishing headpieces or creating flowers and decorations.
During the course you will be provided with a list of suppliers in London so you will know where to find specific materials that you use during the sessions to continue your work at home.
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