Michelle Osborne - Jewellery Tutor
Make a Fascinator
Make a Floral Headdress
Beginners Tiara Making
Previous Qualifications & Training:
I studied Design at London Metropolitan University before I fell in love with hat making. For the past 10 years I have trained in millinery under various London based milliners, all with very diverse backgrounds. As technology advances and materials change, millinery is an exciting art that can constantly be studied.
How did you get involved in making jewellery/millinery?
I grew up in California, so between summer camps and girl scouts I was immersed in all sorts of crafts from a very young age. When I was about 8 my friend and I made several friendship bracelets and would go door-to-door in the neighbourhood and sell them. It certainly did not pay for college, but a bit of early age entrepreneurial spirit was a good thing! When I moved to England I was fascinated with Ascot and other occasions where women wore hats, so I made it my mission to soak up all I could on the subject of millinery.
Things I have done:
Before I got bit by the hat making bug I worked for a wedding company designing wedding tables themes and styled for catalogues and photo shoots. I just love weddings, so it's no wonder I have not strayed far from them with making bridal hairpieces!
Things I do now:
Along with teaching at the London Jewellery School I am the owner of a successful Etsy shop selling millinery supplies. My stuff has landed on some really amazing heads, from brides to royalty and everything in-between.
My biggest achievement so far:
Being able to do the job you love is no easy feat, so my biggest achievement is (and will always be) being able to work for myself on my own terms in a subject that I am absolutely in love with. I'm so happy to share it with others, too!
Things I hope to achieve in the future:
Participation in the Estivales du Chapeau in France this year will be a big deal. I don't often enter my hats into competitions so it will be a new challenge for me.
Three words that describe me are:
Fun, enthusiastic and grateful.
I am inspired by:
I am in love with the hats of decades gone by. From the glitz and glam of the 1920's right up to 60's pillboxes there is so much to be learned from yesteryears techniques.
My favourite milliner is:
Modern day milliners that excite me are Bailey Tomlin and Piers Atkinson.
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