• Mar 24, 2016
  • 6 comments
  • by Bink Neptune

The Victoria & Albert museum contacted me and asked if I could to do a millinery workshop on the 13th Feb 2016, I said "NnooOYesss". I don't do workshops as a rule but you have to say yes to the Victoria & Albert Museum, it's the LAW! People were very excited about my V&A workshop which was a real surprise, it sold out in hours! Which, it seems, is quite unusual for the V&A workshops. So we decided to do a second millinery workshop on the 14th Feb... that sold out too.
I haven't given a workshop since the 1st and only workshop I gave to 3 people about 8 years ago. So this was a baptism of fire for little Miss Social Anxiety.

My car died about a week before the workshop, I was having sleepless nights stressing prior to the workshop. What if everyone hated me, what if I failed, what if people finished too quickly or didn't finish, what if I forgot something!!!
We replaced the car by some miracle, filled it up completely with as much millinery materials as I could fit into it and drove to London.

The workshops were ridiculously terrifying for me, initially I was talking so fast I could barely breathe!!!! But I knew I was in a room full of friends and soon we got stuck into the making Marie Antoinette inspired headdresses, each one different using the panoply of millinery materials I managed to squash into the car. And I was back in my comfort zone: HATS!

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I scuttled about the room all day, getting to hang out and really meet everyone while working on their headdresses, it was so much fun! Everyone was so lovely, by the end of both days I was so proud of everyone and myself. Everyone who attended created something completely unique, a piece of wearable art which is what I wanted!! We did a walk through the V&A both days which was so fun, to take pictures in a nicer part of the museum.

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This was the feedback I got from the V&A:
"I wanted to say a huge thank you again for leading the workshops, I honestly think they are two of the best that we have ever had a the museum. Your generosity with your knowledge and spirit was amazing, it made for a lovely two days. From the 29 evaluation forms I got back, 28 rated all of the event ‘Excellent’ – a selection of comments are below:

Great fun and creative
Got to create a fantastic hat
Very friendly and supportive atmosphere, lots of beautiful materials…nothing to improve on – I had an extremely enjoyable day
An absolutely lovely day
I made an awesome hat – I can’t believe I made something as good as the advert
I feel like I learnt a great deal
I made a hat that I never thought I would be able to create
I can’t pick just one thing, it was great to learn, do and have fun"

I am moving my business forward in new directions and I feel that workshops are no longer something that I am scared to give. I feel less "precious" about sharing. I advocate creativity with all my heart, it was amazing to share this experience with these ladies.
I will be holding 3 more workshops this year in London at another museum. Looking at all I need to do this year I may not have much time to hold many more workshops in 2016 but I am 100% determined to hold workshops all over the UK and beyond, I hope to be beginning setting up the workshops by the end of the year!

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More photos from the day! 
 
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