Classes & Presentations

Classes

Christine is a qualifYellow Raindropied teacher, skilled in millinery and hand-felting. She runs classes when time permits for people wanting to acquire and use a new creative skill to make something interesting and personal for themselves.

She loves to see that sense of achievement.

In the past she offered a range of classes on many techniques in conjunction with the Canberra Museum and Gallery, using their excellent facilities. However, CMAG policies changed. So now she offers interested groups of women access to her range of competence. They call on her services when they have organized the group and the venue.

For example, members of Canberra’s francophone community (Accueil Club) had Christine regularly conduct many creative workshops over several years.

Similarly, a Canberra regional women’s group appointed Christine as their “artist-in-residence”, to run creative classes for their members, as part of their program of community building through group activities. She has taught at Australian Millinery¬†Association’s Millinery Conventions in Melbourne and Adelaide, and has also run private classes away¬†from Canberra, when mutually agreeable opportunities presented.

Her classes are designed for her to assist participants in actually making something.

That is, participants walk away from her workshops with something beautiful that they have made. So classes typically make or decorate a kind of sinamay or straw hat, hand-felt a wool hat, make a nuno-felted scarf or collar, make a hand-felted floral broach, etc. Two successive workshops are required to finish some of the more challenging projects.

Christine lists everything participants need to bring, providing any unusual equipment herself. She supplies materials at cost. Participating groups provide a suitable venue.

Please see the Contact page for details on how to arrange a workshop for your group.

Presentations

Christine also makes herself available to talk to women’s groups about her work. Often as a guest speaker over lunch or dinner; sometimes in association with exhibitions of her work, she is available to expertly expose women to the delights of modern millinery. It remains a fascinating and vibrant sub-culture in the contemporary fashion industry.

She usually doesn’t charge for such appearances, unless significant preparation or challenging logistics are required, or the engagement is required at a particularly busy time.

Exhibitions

'Lemom Twist' - sinamay and silk beaded hairpiece-on-comb

'Lemom Twist' - sinamay and silk beaded hairpiece-on-comb

Christine has exhibited her creations in venues as diverse as the Canberra Museum and Gallery, private art galleries and Tilly Devine’s Women’s Bar. She has been contracted to contribute to fashion and cultural exhibitions at the Australian National Gallery and the Australian Museum.

She is always interested to hear from gallery owners who want to show creative hats, and is in a position to assist in expanding, presenting or defining displays and securing other exhibitors.

Parades

In addition to regular participation in hat parades around the country in the lead-up to the nation’s big racing carnivals, Christine’s have been the hats-of-choice at many fashion parades in Canberra over the years.

Events managers or management of complementary fashion houses interested in Christine participating in promotional fashion parades should contact her by the means suggested on the Contacts page.