Last week saw the most phenomenal millinery workshop held at The Cotswold School of Arts and Crafts, based in Chipping Campden. The School is run by myself and Louise Pocock (Louise Pocock Millinery) and we were lucky enough to get our good friend, Maor Zabar to come over from Israel to teach a fabulous bunch of students.
Maor is a well known designer who not only creates the most incredible millinery pieces but also created all the costumes for this years Eurovision Song Contest, held in Tel Aviv.
Maor taught the group to first sculpt with silk, creating a range of amazing designs and then moved on to blocking the most fantastic shapes out of felt.
The finished results ranged from acorns to pumpkins, mermaid tails to cacti. The table full of the finished items was something to see!
The four day workshop was held at the Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden and the staff there were fantastic, looking after us every day. The food and refreshments were top notch and by the end of the week the whole class felt spoilt rotten!
The feeling and atmosphere in the room was amazing all week. Everyone got on like a house on fire and, as always in these events, learnt as much from each other as the tutor.
We do have a series of fantastic workshops coming up next year with some amazing milliners such as Bridget Bailey, Ian Bennett, Justine Bradley-Hill and Maor returning again.
In addition to these, we will also be running a range of sewing and textile workshops and jewellery workshops.
Please do visit the website www.cotswoldsarts.co.uk to view these amazing workshops and sign up to our mailing list to hear of any new events that are listed.