Susan Widlake - Mill House Millinery
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Artist's StatementSusan has always had a passion for hats, and started learning to make them in 2009 after a taster course at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
At the time, she was working in IT audit. She would travel the world with a sewing kit in her suitcase along with her business attire, and make hats whenever possible. She made silk flowers in Zagreb, sewed a felt hat on Eurostar and got lost in Shanghai looking for ‘ribbon street’. She spent her holidays on hat making courses, and was even able to add a visit to a hat museum in Riga to her audit schedule.
In 2019 Susan hung up her corporate hat and made her passion a business, turning her old ‘home office’ into a hat workroom. The name and logo for ‘Mill House Millinery’ came easily, as the home office used to be a windmill!
Most milliners will say they want ‘people to wear more hats’ but Susan would rather have more people enjoying hats. As well as making hats for private clients, she also makes them for theatrical performances and loves giving talks and workshops.
Art StyleContemporary, Traditional
Art Materialsembroidery, needlefelt, recycled, wool, wire, cotton
Susan Widlake - Mill House Millinery's Portfolios
I love using ribbon folding techniques in my work. These are a selection of pieces where I have incorporate ribbon origami into a headpiece. I also make Christmas decorations from ribbon!
Behind the Scenes
Some of the tools I use in my creations