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Inspired by Ronot-Tutin

by Margaret Woodliff | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is my latest piece also for a competition, this time for the Victoria & Albert - in conjunction with Morley College.
A condition of entry is that the piece submitted needs to be inspired by an object in one of the V & A collections. Looking through the resource I was entranced by a beautiful fan created in the 19th century by the French painter & artist - Ronot Tutin -  one of a large collection of fans at the V & A.
I found the combination of the lace veins with mother of pearl sticks, and the three dimensional pansies a great source of inspiration, so I sought to create a modern interpretation using two fans in pleated sinnamay, one with contrasting lace veins and the other with mother of pearl taffeta, I then applied stylised three dimensional making pansies in silk dupion finished with Gutermann beaded centres. 

Thanks to Isobel Moore for her photography!

Posted in Gutermann beads, Isobel Moore Photography, Morley College, Ronot-Tutin, V & A, Victoria & Albert

When Alice (by Temperley) met Maggie!

by Margaret Woodliff | March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


I feel very privileged to have my pieces featured in the gorgeous Alice (by Temperley) windows at Fenwick of Newcastle.



The styling of the windows and the contemporary elegant of the clothing sets off the two headpieces pieces they chose - the couture James Brindley wired cerise & lime green feathers on a cerise silk pleated vintage beret shape head piece, and the ivory sinnamay cap with cerise pink and fluorescent orange hand pleated ribbon roses. 

Posted in Alice by Temperley, Fenwick of Newcastle, James Brindley, ribbon roses, vintage beret

Vive La Poste - Made in Northumberland hat finally arrives in France!

by Margaret Woodliff | March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments


Inspiration Santiago Calatrava

 I had given up all hope of my latest piece arriving in Chazelles-sur-Lyon, in time for the competition deadline. Indeed I thought my images would be the last I would ever see of it, after it languished for days in the international post room some where between Newcastle Airport and Heathrow.



However thanks in no part to the valiant efforts of Gary at the Wagonway Post Office, Alnwick, the piece finally arrived in Paris, with only about twelve hours to spare. Then an Olympic style dash took place, courtesy of La Poste, and the piece arrived at Chazelle-sur-Lyon with moments to spare before the deadline!


Vive La Poste!

Posted in 10th International Hat Art Competition 2014, Alnwick, Archi'felt, Atelier-Musee du Chapeau, charcoal grey fur felt, Chazelles-sur-Lyon, Heathrow, La Poste, Paris, Royal Mail Track & Trace Airmail Service, Santiago Calatrava, Stephen Jones, Vive La Poste!, Wagonway Post Office, wired yellow petersham

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