In 2006, my background in costume design, fine art, and textiles as well as my interest in tribal cultures and my life-long fascination with natural history, led me to start creating wearable pieces of art in the form of headdresses and headwear adornments, mostly comprising of whatever I could find that nature didn't have any use for anymore.
I've always been intrigued by vastly different cultures to my own, in particular primitive tribal cultures and their expression through adornment and how their spirituality, symbolism of their beliefs and their relationship with nature was reflected in their dress - using the only materials available to them; what nature had provided.
My work is the culmination of a range of professional skills and techniques I've learnt over the years and a personal exploration of my own spirituality. I study dharma and whenever possible try to integrate this within my artwork. I use animal remnants in my work as a reminder of the impermanence of everything in the material world.
I've had some millinery training but would really like to further my knowledge and gain new skills and techniques and experiment with other materials.
I'm an animal lover, especially a parrot lover, who's also obsessed with feathers. I'm inspired by nature and go to extreme lengths to make sure all my materials including feathers are ethically obtained, which means, naturally moulted feathers.
Wonderful you found our website Genevieve. So pleased you have joined me in Hat Academy and hope you find it inspiring. I am committed to helping you add to your skills.
I set this up to help Beginners -once you learn the basic techniques you will be surprised how creative you can be. Your work is spectacular & will feature soon. Millinery is a creative art & in huge demand currently. Any questions do message me here.
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