With Christmas coming soon, now is the opportunity to shop local and support independent shops such as Will and Yates in Deal Kent.
Will & Yates Gallery + Homestore
104-106 High Street Deal Kent CT14 6EE
Tel 01404 374700 /07958 931 411 /email@example.com
When we first met many moons ago you were working in the Shaker Shop in London. How did this come about?
Shaker was my favorite shop in London. I became obsessed with the whole look and loved everything about it. Had I lived back in the 1750’s I am sure I would have become a Shaker sister. I filled my house with all things Shaker, peg rails, boxes in all sizes. It got to the point where I visited the Shaker villages in the USA. Then I started to work for the Shaker Shop in London.
Deal is very different from London. What made you move down to a small coastal town and away from London?
I lived in London since I was 18 and I had my family there. We always said once the kids left home we would move down to the coast. We visited many seaside towns but as soon as we visited Deal we knew it was the place that we wanted to live. It ticks all the boxes, it’s architecture, independent shops, Saturday market, great restaurants and a fast train to London.
What are its advantages and disadvantages?
I honestly can’t think of any disadvantages. Family and friends visit all the time- we always have a house full. The pace is obviously slower, but that is what I want. After a full time job and parent hood, the simpler things become more important- sitting on the beach, riding my bicycle, lunch with friends.
Have you always wanted to run your own shop and gallery?
Yes, I used to make my sister play shop with me. I loved using my till and giving out change.
How long have you had your shop/gallery in Deal?
We opened in October 2017
What have been the major challenges?
Keeping the stock fresh so that customers keep returning.
Is there much competition within the town?
There are a few independent shops, which is lovely, as we are all different.
Do you sell much on line?
Not yet but I intend to build up that side of the business.
Is it difficult to source original product?
Yes we are always on the look out for local artisans.
Jane I have known you for a long time I have written about your previous houses and I know you have a great eye. Have you had any kind of design training?
No, but I do live with creatives. My husband ran an Ad agency before we moved down here and my sons both work in creative industries.
Had you ever had any experience in running your own business before?
No I’ve always been employed.
How did you find your premises and why did you choose the sea front?
Caroline, my business partner, and I had been looking on the high street and then we walked past this on the sea front and saw it was up for rent. So we went and bought fish and chips and sat on the beach and discussed it for a very short time. So after the fish and chips we went back to the shop and said yes.
Tell me about how you met your business partner and about the different roles you hold within the business? We met on the beach and got talking and immediately made a connection.We bring different things to the business.Caroline is an artist and she studied painting at the RCA. She is more creative than me. I am the more practical one.
What would you say is your USP?
We sell a mixture of original art, much of it Caroline’s but other artists too, plus vintage and new home wares. I attend antique fairs, trade fairs and open studios. Sometimes I find people on instagram.
Do you run any events from the shop?
Yes every three months we hold an event such as a Christmas sales evening or an exhibition launch. We advertise this on social media and we do door drops and we have a mailing list.
Can you describe a typical day?
I shall describe a typical Saturday. I will go to the market and buy flowers for the shop. Deal has an excellent Saturday market. I will buy a sticky bun from the Swedish lady who has a stand there and coffee from Deal Roasters. I take everything to the shop and open up at 10am. Normally we are busy with lots of locals coming to see what we have that is new. I try to remember to ask how people have found us. Often recommendation and some find us on instagram. I close the shop at 5pm. Walk home and have a glass of wine.
On Sundays the customer base changes, there are more dog walkers who walk past and then come in to see what we are selling. Up to now we have been closed in the week but as the summer progresses and we become better known we will open from Thursday to Sunday.
One of the reasons I am interviewing successful women who are over fifty is that they have often had to take a career break, or had to slow down to deal with child care, illness and or aged parents. Have you ever had to deal with any of these of issues and did it impact on your creative life or business?
It was because of the children that I took a job as a school secretary. I needed to work, although it wasn’t particularly creative it meant that I didn’t have childcare issues and I could see my children after school and during their holidays.
Who or what inspires you?
Caroline my business partner inspires me. She has changed my life. Even though what I now have has been a long held dream, I am not sure that I would have done it by myself. I get on with the day-to-day stuff whilst she is painting. We make a good team.
From what part of your business do you get the most satisfaction?
I get a great kick when someone buys something I’ve chosen and when people say lovely things about the shop.
What advice would you give to anyone starting out today?
Do as much as you can yourself to save money. My husband, who is luckily very practical, fitted out the shop.
You do need financial security for rent, stock and to get set up. It will probably be a while before you can start making any income from it. I overlapped with my other job for eight months in order to get established. I’ve given up the other job now to concentrate on this.
What is next for the shop?
Caroline would like to expand into bigger premises. I am not sure yet and would like to get this a little more established before we do.
Since interviewing Jane, she and Caroline, have bitten the bullet and, moved into much larger premises on High Street Deal. The move has been a great success.
Crackers date back to the 1840’s. They were supposed to have been invented by a sweet manufacturer, Tom Smith, who came up with the idea as a way of promoting his bon-bon sweets, that were having a bit of a slump at the time.
My crackers have been designed with a coastal Christmas theme in mind, but you could create crackers for different events, such as a wedding, christening or birthday. For these designs I took photos of fabrics and sweet wrappers and enlarged them to create the scale I wanted. You could do this too, of even draw your own design on paper. There are lots of copyright free images to be found on the internet. You will need the design to fit onto an A4 piece of paper. I bought the cracker snaps on line, but everything else should be very easy to find. You can make paper hats from tissue paper and of course write your own jokes. The jokes can be created for different members of your family or particular friends. I put some tiny old fashioned Christmas decorations in my crackers. You could do the same or add balloons and sweets.
You will need
Piece of A4 Card for each cracker, Piece of A4 paper printed with a design, Cutting mat, Scalpel, Paper scissors, Clear tape, Double sided tape, Ruler, Pencil, Cracker snaps, Sweets, paper hats and tiny toys and decorations
Cut a strip off the card so that it measures 16cm x 29.7cm.
Lay the card horizontally, starting from the right hand side measure in from the edge 6cm both top and bottom of the card. Draw a line between the pencil dots. Repeat at 8cm and 10 cm in from the edge. Repeat on the left hand side of the card. Score and fold as shown in image.
Where the narrow folded edges are, mark out evenly spaced triangles. Make sure that there is a bridge between each triangle. Using the paper scissor cut out the triangles. Open out the card and you will have two rows of diamonds.
Roll the card horizontally to form a long narrow cracker shaped tube. Using sticky tape, attach one side onto the other. Cut the A4 paper into three strips 2 x 6cms wide and 1 x 9.5cm wide. Using double sided tape stick the paper onto the three sections of the card tube.
Push the cracker snap into the cracker, and secure it with a bit of tape to stop it falling out. Tie string or twine round one end of the cracker and then fill the cracker with sweets decorations toys etc or even your own jokes. Tie up the other end of the cracker.
Bohemianism has long been associated with artists, musicians, writers, and designers. Affectionately referred to as boho, this layered, vibrant, and organic aesthetic is clearly thriving. This may be because we are much more environmentally aware than we were even two decades ago. Buying second hand is very much in vogue and if you can’t do the travelling yourself many of the items found in a Bohemian home can be acquired from in charity shops, brocantes and the like. If you revel in freedom from conventions and rules, love a home that reflects individuality, spontaneity, a fondness for a fusion of global goods and a distinctive convergence of cultures, bohemian style is the book for you.
From minimal boho touches to relaxed, natural, eclectic, and romantic design elements make the global bohemian home a thing of beauty. With their blend of styles, the homes featured in this book boast a uniquely enchanting atmosphere, often reflected in the variety of treasures they showcase––from personal collections to inspired use of color and pattern, these wildly differing living spaces show signs of humanity and the patina of life.
Whether you want to transform an understated room by adding whimsical elements or create an exotic oasis in your bedroom, unconventional boho artistry is easy to achieve by incorporating a few basics such as jewel-toned items, metallic touches, alluring prints, and layers of textures, to name but a few. Mismatched pieces from various origins and eras, delicious colours, exquisite textiles, and imaginative displays give spaces an undeniable energy. This book celebrates the decorating tenets of freethinking, world traveling, and nomadic ideals, and the beauty of self-expression. The book is divided into different chapters including Colour. The author points out
your taste leans to cheerful hues or softer ones. While there is no prescribed
color palette for this iconic style, it is often hallmarked by warm hues like
deep blue, hot pink, and sunny yellow, which, when combined, bring visual
intensity. And for those who like it hot, jewel tones and metallic accents
Next comes Furnishings, an inspiring mix of old and new, and serious and fanciful, all topped with a big dose of personality. Eclectic is an accurate adjective to define a décor that comprises the heterogeneous elements particular to the global bohemian. There is a fine line, however, between a beautifully diverse design and one that is merely chaotic.
Furniture collected over time and secondhand and vintage items are right at home here. For an exotic mood, you can feed your wanderlust for exquisite objects from around the world ––from Africa to India, Uzbekistan to Latin America and more with just a click. It has never been easier or more exciting to pack personality and global style into every space in your home. Conformity and uniformity aren’t in the boho vocabulary, but individuality is!
_The chapter on Accessories draws inspiration from many sources. The aesthetic is rooted not only in cultural artifacts but also in pieces that reflect one’s personal journey. Weaving together items from a variety of locations for a worldly look is as vital as focusing on gathering unique pieces. It’s all about mystery, charm, and the appeal of the unexpected.
Display colourful candle lanterns and include items with metallic gold or silver finishes for a crowning touch to the eclectic décor. Don’t forget nature! Vines, succulents, and other houseplants are indispensable for conjuring up the free-spirited, wanderlust feeling of bohemian design.
Fabrics, Patterns and Textures come next. Textiles from various parts of the world, like Africa, Asia, and South America reflect a well-traveled vibe and produce distinctive, culturally influenced aesthetics. Much like a good piece of artwork, fabrics can make a room. This book is filled with Inspiring homes from all over the world that show the reader how to create their own Boho vibe. A book as beautiful as this, should grace your coffee table and, will make a wonderful Christmas present for a dear friend.
Global Bohemian by Fifi O’Neill, published by CICO Books (£19.99)
I was recently given some enormous, if somewhat bruised, windfall quinces. So as a great lover of cheese I decided to make some quince jelly, sometimes known as quince cheese. Suffice to say as soon as I wanted to make the jelly I couldn’t find a recipe. Then I found buried amongst all my other cookery books a slim volume called WI Book of Jams and other preserves written by Pat Hesketh and published in 1984. It has over 100 recipes tried and tested by the women’s institute.
So I turn to the page for Quince Cheese, on the same and facing page were recipes for cumberland rum butter, apple butter, marrow orange cream and bramble cheese. Fruit butters are a softer consistency than cheeses and are usually spiced and should be hermetically sealed. They are usually served as a spread. Cheeses are cooked to a stiff consistency and set in small moulds so that they can be turned out for serving and cut into wedges.
500g quinces chopped into roughly 1cm pieces
Wash the quinces and cut up into pieces
Place in a pan and barely cover with water.
Cover and cook until reduced to a pulp.
Pour through a sieve and weigh the liquid. (discard what is left in the sieve).To each 500g of liquid add 500g of sugar.
Cook over a low heat to dissolve the sugar.
Continue cooking until a thick consistency is obtained.
When a spoon is drawn across the base of the pan, it should leave a clean line.
Pour into prepared moulds. I used small glass pots used for ‘Gu’.
Make some fabric tops by cutting out circles with pinking shears.
I loved this “Joseph” sweater, I bought it second hand when my daughter was a baby. I had worn it to death and washed and washed it. In the end it was so felted I got a very talented lady to knit me a new one and I made a cushion out of the original.
You will need
needle and wool
Old cushion pad
Using the seam un-picker, open up the side seams.
Cut two rectangles from the front and the back of the sweater, and with right sides facing, pin and then using a 1 cm seam allowance , sew them together round 3 sides. Leave what was the bottom of the sweater open, as they are neat edges.
Turn the cover through, insert the cushion pad, close with an over sew stitch.
Watson-Smyth is a journalist with over 15 years experience writing about
interiors for publications including the Financial Times, The Independent, and
the Daily Mail.
it is her interiors blog ‘Mad about the House’ that has turned her into a very
well known interiors expert. She was awarded the Vuelio number-one UK interiors
blog award in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Have you always been a journalist? Or did you have
a different career previously?
been a journalist since I started working – but it took me a long time to start
working. I dropped out of university – I was doing French at Nottingham – and
had to spend the third year in a French-speaking country. I went to Senegal and
never went back for my finals. I moved instead to Paris where I stayed for
three years. On returning my mother said I needed some training and insisted I
go to secretarial college. While I was there someone came from the regional
Oxfam office looking for volunteers to stuff envelopes and help out during its
50th anniversary year. I ended up running the press office and
styling fashion shows and it was then I decided I wanted to be a journalist.
Did you study journalism or design originally and
if so where and what did you study?
to Darlington to train on the NCTJ course for a year – it was one of the best
years of my life and we recently all met up again for our 25th
reunion. Then I returned to Birmingham, where I had done my newspaper work
experience and they offered me a traineeship if I went to journalism college.
Again. They sent me to the Westminster press training course in St Leonards on
Sea, near Hastings.
never studied design.
Do you work as a journalist both on-line as
well as for newsprint?
started in print – because online didn’t exist – and have always been
commissioned for print which is now shared online as well. Since I became so
busy with the blog I tend to write only for myself online rather than newsprint
any more although I often give quotes and contribute to articles.
Have you always been passionate about interiors
or do you also write on other topics?
as a general news reporter but I always wanted to write features. I have always
loved the writing part of the information gathering. When I had my first son I
went freelance and it so happened they needed someone in the property section
at The Independent – in the days when it was a 24 page weekly pull out… As soon
as I started writing about houses and property I knew I had found my thing.
always loved decorating and styling. It began with my bedroom as a child and I
graduated to other people’s houses – not always when they asked me to. I have
been known to move and restyle a coffee table while someone nips to the loo!
Did you embrace social media from the start? If
so which platforms were you using to start with and why?
to Twitter fairly fast as words are my thing. I loved it for ages and I think
it’s brilliant for people who work from home as it gives you that chatting
round the water cooler thing that you miss in office life. But it has changed
over the years and can be a nasty place as well as a wonderful one. I’m on
there less now as I have found Instagram. I was late to that particular party
but I love it. I have found the interiors community to be very supportive and
who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous pictures? I have also really enjoyed
improving my photography skills, which I wasn’t expecting. Last year I bought
my first camera although I still tend to use my phone more.
How and why did you start the web site ‘Mad
About The House’?
desperation! Newspapers were struggling and my freelance career was dwindling. At
the time it seemed like everyone had, or was starting, a blog and I thought I
would have a go to see if it would generate any work as a journalist. I thought
it would work as a kind of online CV and portfolio. I had no idea it would go
Did winning the Vuelio awards have a major impact on your work?
Winning recognition for your work is always lovely. I think perhaps it makes brands take you more seriously and widens your audience. Certainly the Vuelio awards, which selects a shortlist based on reach and engagement and content – tracking stats – and then calls in a panel of judges who are all experts in their fields. That definitely gives weight to the results as there is no campaigning for votes which can skew the results.
When did you set up your design consultancy?
started the blog in 2012 I began a new notebook so I could keep a record of
what I was writing and doing. I wrote on the first page: Blog, Book, Business.
I have done all three now – the books twice! The business came in about 2014
when people kept asking me for help with their houses.
Did you go on any courses when you set up your
figured as a trained journalist who had been writing for the national press for
over 20 years I knew as much about writing as a course would teach me. I still
don’t know about the tech side but I pay someone to do that for me. My brain is
too full for that side of things and I can’t read an SEO document without
falling asleep. My growth has been completely organic. I could probably grow
more if I knew how to work the backroom details but I don’t.
I love the look of your blog/web site. Did you
have it professionally designed?
was done by Odysseas Constantine of Art & Hue. I saw his work on the
beautiful Copperline site and then met him at the Amara Blog Awards in 2015. I
asked him to do my site then.
Have you found Pinterest of use to your
business? If so in what way?
I was a
featured user on Pinterest when they first came to the UK. As a result I have
190K followers and it does bring traffic to the site but I have to say that I
don’t go there very often. It’s partly a time thing and partly that I don’t
need to use it for my own schemes so I have been ignoring it for a while. I
wrote a chapter in my book about Pinterest being your frenemy. It’s so vast
that I think it can be unwieldy and also unhelpful if you don’t use it in a
very disciplined way. You fall down a rabbit hole of pretty pictures and completely
forget what you went in for. I also think there’s a real tendency to pin
pictures you like rather than ideas for things that will actually work in your
to do only do one platform at a time and at the moment that’s Instagram.
Have you found Instagram a useful platform?
It’s inspirational. I love looking at great images, the community is lovely and
I have enjoyed developing my own photography skills.
What do you think that the courses being
offered to bloggers?
know about them so it wouldn’t be fair to offer an opinion. I’m sure, as with
everything, that there are good ones and bad ones.
As a journalist how do you feel about
of those terms that everyone seems to hate but then again, I’m not that keen on
the word blogger either! It is what it is – there are people who influence
others rightly or wrongly. I wouldn’t use it of myself but then I have other
words to choose from journalist/author/writer/whatever…. Makes a change from
model/actress/whatever although I’d take it!
I love your ‘365 Objects of Design’. Has this
been a popular section on your blog?
it when I launched the blog as a way of making sure I blogged every single day.
I had read pieces about about how many people give up between three and six
months in and I was determined that wouldn’t happen to me. I came up with that
idea and numbered them to make sure I didn’t miss a day. For three years I
blogged seven days a week, now it’s five and while I don’t number them anymore
it’s still a popular post. I think of it like a postcard among the letters. I
write about design events and trends and advice and every now and then I drop
in a short piece about a cool thing I have found.
Here comes my how long is a piece of string
question. What is a typical working day like for you?
as string…. It’s enormously varied and I’m very lucky as I love it all. No two
days are ever the same. Yesterday I spent the morning with a client helping her
choose colours and furniture for her flat and talking about the layout, then I
went to a book signing at Clerkenwell Design week. Today I am writing, doing a
photoshoot with you and taking my son to his piano lesson. Tomorrow another
book signing and a talk to prepare for in the evening as well as gathering
ideas for my next book. Between that I try to find time to go to the gym,
wrangle my teenage children and see my husband over dinner.
How much time do you spend on your blog and how
much writing features for papers and magazines?
really write for papers and magazines any more as I don’t have time. As I post
five times a week I either spend a couple of hours a day on the blog or blitz
it for two days straight. The rest of the time is meetings, clients, book
writing or dealing with email and working on styling and brand jobs.
One of the reasons I am interviewing successful
women who are over forty is that they have often had to take a career break, or
had to slow down to deal with child care and/or aged parents or illness or had
to follow a spouse abroad for work reasons. Have you ever had to deal with any of
these issues and did it impact on your working life?
had children I always assumed I would go back to work full time after one and
stop after two. In the event I went freelance after the first and never stopped
working. It was hard at the start. One year I spent nearly everything I earned
on childcare and couldn’t really afford the tax bill. As they spent more time
at school I could work more and I regarded it as an investment in my future. I
basically worked solidly from 9-3 every day and only left the house to go on
the school run – no meetings, lunches or events – or very rarely. I was glued
to the phone and the computer during the school day. As they got older it got
easier and now they are nearly 15 and 17 I have much more time. I’m still
around to cook their tea most days and it’s fine when I’m not. I can go on
press trips and they can get their own breakfast.
also had those episodes of life that get in the way of best laid plans. My
younger son, now 15, was born at 25 weeks (three months premature). He was in
hospital for three months and fragile for the first couple of years after that.
He is completely fine now – we were very lucky. In 2014 I was diagnosed with
cancer of the saliva gland. My type was chemo-resistant and I had surgery
followed by 35 sessions of daily radiotherapy – about six-and-a-half weeks of
five sessions a week. I carried on blogging for the first few weeks and then
uploaded archive posts so that the blog never missed a beat while I was in
treatment. I finished on 23 December 2014 and went back to work on 4 January
when the boys went back to school after the Christmas holiday. I was approached
about writing my first book the following day when I had just stopping taking
Morphine and was still a bit high I think.
carry on for any macho reasons but rather that it gave me something to focus on
while I was well enough to do so. By the end of the treatment I was lying on
the sofa under a blanket watching episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Do you run any workshops or give talks other
than when promoting your books?
I have a
plan for workshops but haven’t had time to work out how to do it yet. I think
online will be the answer as I already tend to work on Sunday afternoons – the
week invariably ends before I’ve had time to write Monday’s post so I’m not
keen to add Saturdays into the working week as well. I’m currently developing
an online course which will be a mix of written advice and video. I have taken
part in panel discussions which aren’t book-related but recently that has
tended to be the focus.
What is the best part of your work and what is
the worst part?
get an email from someone who says the blog or the book has really helped them
make their home how they truly wanted it that is wonderful and makes it all
admin and the invoicing – always have to spend time chasing those – it’s
Who or what inspires you?
tough one. What? Restaurant loos and hotel rooms – often. Good design in a
small space with clever ideas and bold colours. Who? The person who finds their
passion, and follows their dream to make it work without compromising their
ideals. My Instagram account is full of women like that and I admire them all.
The woman with the disabled kids who decorates her home so beautifully, the
dentist who started her own interiors events business, the mothers who get on
with it all every day without complaining. They inspire me.
What advice would you give to any journalist starting
your passion and write about it. Spellcheck. Oh and think laterally. You need
to be a problem solver when you’re a journalist. On my first day at The
Independent at Canary Wharf I was told to go to Kew Gardens to monitor a plant
that only flowers every ten years. There was a tube strike and I was told I
couldn’t take a taxi that far as the company wouldn’t pay. And there was a
deadline to meet. I got there (bus, overland train, walking). You have to be
able to think around problems.
What is next for your work?
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Deidre Hawken makes what might loosely be called hats or head pieces. However that description does not do justice to the exquisite intricate pieces of work created by this multi talented designer. I and my photographer went to interview her recently in her studio.
JB.I know you as a hat designer and maker, but I understand that you also design and make jewelry. Can you tell us which discipline you trained in and how you came to practice both?
DH I trained in theater design, sets and costume, at the Central School of Art and Design, now Central St Martins.
I worked as a Theater Designer for some time and I was an Art Director for a couple of design companies, but I have always loved the design and making process. I have made costume accessories for The Royal Opera House, English National Ballet and the BBC, I also designed a run of windows for Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and made props for Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Asprey Ltd and I had an exhibition in Fortnum and Mason among others, and I created collections of jewellery with my sculptor husband for various fashion designers.
JB.What is a typical day for you?
DH. There is no typical day! I could be designing hats or jewellery or researching new work, seeing a client or dealing with boring administration.
JB. What do you love most, about what you do?
DH.I love researching ideas, it is now so easy on the internet, and as I said I love everything about the making process, especially dyeing fabrics.
JB.What do you dislike most about what you do?
DH Any kind of administration.
JB.Have you ever worked for anyone else? Or done any collaborations ? If so with whom?
DH.When you are a designer for the theater you’re basically working with and for the director, but I have been a freelance designer most of my life. I did collaborate with a jeweler, we were asked to make a joint piece, but I did not really enjoy the experience. I have also made jewellery with my husband.
JB.What made you want to start your own creative business?
DH. I love working for myself, although I sometimes have an assistant on a really big job, such as when I made jewellery for Saks 5th Avenue.
JB.Have you had any training recently? If so where and why?
DH.Not recently, but in 1998 I won a scholarship to study couture millinery. This was through QEST, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. There are no age limits and but you do have to fill in a very difficult application form. I trained with Rose Cory in Couture Millinery and had an internship with Stephen Jones. I also went to America and studied at the Met.
JB.Can you describe your creative process?
DH.First I have an idea, then I research, choose the materials. I only work with a few materials, leather, silk taffeta, silk velvet silk organza and organdie. I dye all the fabrics myself using Dylon dyes. I then decide how to make the headpiece or perhaps a collection of jewellery. Most of my headpieces are one off designs. I never make another piece exactly the same.
JB.What are your biggest challenges?
JB. What advice would you give to someone starting out in your field today?
DH.It has always been difficult to be self-employed, especially in the Creative Sector, I believe good training is essential, also you must have self belief.
JB.Compared with when you started, do you think it is easier for designers to set up on their own nowadays or more difficult?
DH.I think it is harder, as everyone thinks they can be an artist or a designer.
DH.A very tricky Summer Pudding Headpiece for submission for the London Hat Show early 2018.
JB.Do you teach or run workshops? If so where?
DH. Not now! I have taught at various Art colleges and was an assessor for the BA Jewellery course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design, Dundee for three years. I have given many talks including one at the V &A and many workshops all over the country.
JB.What is next?
DH. I am developing a range of headpieces which can be displayed as Still Life’s in acrylic cases, which I am finding very exciting.
JB. That is a great idea, your work is far too lovely to store out of site, in a hat box.
Many thanks Juliet
I did this interview over a year ago, however this week I had the email below and this image. So I wanted to share it with you.
‘I just wanted to let you know that a Cauliflower headpiece of mine has been included in the latest exhibition at the Costume Institute, part of the Metropolitan Museum, New York. I was so thrilled it was included! I am attaching an image of it in situ, the exhibition is called ‘Camp’ Notes on Fashion.’