“These days, a hat is not an everyday purchase, so I really enjoy creating something that is both elegant and desirable and made the old fashioned way…It’s a complete love affair with vintage materials, old style millinery processes and re-learning techniques such as ribbon work that otherwise would be lost in this day and age.”
Fuelled by her desire to work with vintage millinery materials, Jo began her serious learning curve in millinery techniques in 2006, underplayed by an interest in foundation basics.
Continuing to be inspired by her halcyon childhood memories of “ladies in hats” at church and celebrations, Jo surrounds herself with souvenirs and mementos of days long past. Every surface of her old house is laden with old reference books and pictures, vintage hats, headpieces in progress and her own vintage clothing.
Jo was a recent recipient of a Hat Life Hatty Award in 2012 and as part of the 2011 Melbourne Cup Carnival Celebrations, was invited to create one of her beautiful Victorian Riding Hats for the prestigious National Gallery of Australia to sit alongside their own Philip Treacy Retrospective.
Recently a Tutor at the Riverina Community College and the International Millinery Forum 2014 in Wagga Wagga, Jo continues to teach and lecture on the finer points of Vintage Millinery at Vintage Fairs and Shows.
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The Spring Soirée
Friday 5th September
6:30 PM – 9.30 PM
$40 plus booking fee
The Apartment, 401 Little Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000