Today I started the first of my two millinery sessions at Kensington and Chelsea college. Monday and Tuesday will be spent flower making while Wednesday and Thursday will be used to explore the use of sinamay and straw in millinery.
Our teacher is Bridget Bailey, a really talented and down to earth milliner. I really loved the way she taught us today. I went in thinking she would be very uppity, especially as she is well known, but I was pleasantly surprised by her teaching style. I've decided I like her....very much actually. You can see some of her work here. These are my favourite of her pieces
The day started with us examining some of the flowers she had made using the techniques she would be teaching us.
Time to dye some silk.
Dyed strips of silk laid to dry.
Did You Make That?, she said yes. Then she asked me for my blog name. I wrote it out for her, and her eyes lit up.
" Oh I know your blog"She exclaimed.
Boy did that make me happy. I felt like a little star. I offered to give her an autograph, to which she smiled politely. One day folks, one day someone will faint with excitement upon seeing me. What? You think I jest? I think you will find my friends, that I am dead serious.
The brown leather hat box was begging me to steal it. It belonged to Martine ( pictured closing it). The lucky girl. Its a 1960's pure leather hat box she got off ebay for £20. What a steal. Considering the fact that cardboard hat boxes are currently going for more than twice that amount, you would understand the temptation I was fighting right? By the end of this week, if I am still blogging, then you should know that I succeeded in resisting the temptation to steal it, thereby avoiding jail.
Tomorrow we get to use our dyed fabric to make the flowers, and I am so excited.