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Artist Feature: Ian Bennett Millinery

Copyright Richard Shaw www.richardshawphotography.com

Award-winning milliner and teacher, Ian Bennett is always a welcome visitor at Barnett Lawson. His friendly demeanour and immeasurable creativity radiate, and his boundless knowledge is freely shared amongst the students he brings to the showroom.

Ian’s unique and whimsical style has led him to create a plethora of wonderfully unusual hats and headpieces. Since his first foray into millinery at a Women’s Institute Hat Making workshop  in 1991, he has forged a hugely successful and varied career spanning film and theatre to fashion and teaching. His wealth of experience means he can offer classes and one-to-one tuition in blockmaking, Crystoform, feathers and much more.

Ian said the following on why he loves hats:

“I have always been drawn to the three dimensional. I studied sculpture at college and loved the idea that a form could have a presence. It made its surroundings change, simply by being there. For me hats have that same presence, they have a personality of their own – as well as a wonderful extension of someone’s character. They can be subtle, quiet, demure, loud and overwhelming. Hats are such incredible things, from the moment you put one on, you become something else.”

For further information or to contact Ian, you can email him on ianbennetmillinery@gmail.com or check out his instagram @ianbennetmillinery. His book, My world according to Me: A Technical Workbook, is available from thehatteruk.myshopify.com.

 

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Customised Beanies

Beanies are no longer just for wearing on the coldest of days; these cosy hats are popular throughout the year. Featuring in catwalk collections and high street windows alike, beanies remain a go-to for both practicality and style.

Adorned with anything from logos and motifs to pom-poms and feathers, beanies come in an array of designs and here at Barnett Lawson, we have been experimenting with some ways of jazzing up your everyday style.

We started with a plain beanie from the high street, and worked our magic to create the styles you see here:

Fur Pom

Recently brought back to popularity by companies such as Canada Goose, this style is a classic. Here we have adorned our basic beanie with a brown furry pom using the clip that’s already attached to the back. And what’s more, because it’s so quick to attach, you can easily change the pom to an alternative colour to match your outfit or mood!

Feathers

Inspired by the Marc Jacobs A/W 2019 fashion show, here we have added a layer of ostrich fringe to our beanie for a more edgy look.

Or for an even more dramatic vibe, go for a turkey feather or some spiky goose fringe, also inspired by the Stephen Jones designs seen on the Marc Jacobs catwalk.

Motifs

Motifs are another simple way of jazzing up a plain hat, and we have many different designs to choose from. From crowns to lions to flowers and more, you’re sure to find something to express your personality in our showroom. With the added bonus of many iron-on options, your customising will be even more of a breeze.

Here we have attached a Gucci-inspired beaded bumble bee to our beanie to give it instant pizzazz.

Chain

For those who know their way around a needle and thread, why not add a chain around the edge of your beanie? Here we have used this neon yellow to bring in a pop of colour.

If you have any more ideas, or if you have a go at one of ours, do get in touch. We love to see your creations.

 

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Artist Feature: Silkworm and Cottontails

There is a certain thrill that comes from owning a product is that is totally unique. Coupled with the knowledge that it has been carefully crafted by hand, it can be one of your most satisfying purchases. At Barnett Lawson we want to celebrate the artists who use their unique skills and creativity to provide the world with items made with love, care and dedication. Each month we will be featuring a different individual or business that is keeping the spirit of true craftsmanship alive.

From bespoke lampshades and soft furnishings to workshops and collaborations, Elizabeth Pegg of Silkworm and Cottontails provides customers and clients with a truly personal service. Blending traditional techniques with modern style, she creates interesting and unique pieces. Using colourful fabrics and interesting trimmings, her work has an undeniable sense of fun and life and it is clear to see that Elizabeth has a true love for her craft.

“Sewing is my passion and hopefully it shows in my work.  I treat my lampshades as “Works of Art”, which allows me to show off different sewing techniques like beading, appliqué and embroidery. I’ve always been passionate about colours and textures. 

Lampshades for me create interest in a room , they can be simple or elaborate in style but for me the embellishment is the icing on the cake . Sometimes a piece of trimming can inspire the whole design or can be used to enhance a particular fabric. Choosing the right trim can make or break a lampshade and with so many decorative trimmings available I never rush the process.”

To find out more, or to see more of Elizabeth’s work, visit https://www.silkwormandcottontails.com/ or view her shop on Etsy.

If you would like to be considered for an artist feature, please email emily@barnettlawson.co.uk

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Feathers and Fringe: Gatsby comes to London

Party Like Gatsby, the worldwide touring production that combines the exuberant partying of the 1920s and the visual spectacle of the circus, is coming to London for the third year running this February.

After 2 years at the 02 Forum in Kentish Town, Gatsby will be taking up residence at the iconic Troxy in East London, with it’s art deco features, it is the perfect venue to relive the roaring twenties. From showgirls and burlesque dancers to acrobats and aerialists, the performance element of this show is hard to rival anywhere in Europe, let alone the UK. Alongside a live band and international DJ, the event brings the twenties right up to date, seamlessly fusing the old with the new.

The dress code is strictly 1920s, and guests always go above and beyond. Fringing flutters and brogues tap as the guests are taught the Charleston by the glittering Satin Dollz. Men and women alike don their bow ties and braces to look their smartest, and there are feather boas aplenty throughout the venue. If you are looking to add a little flourish to your outfit, why not take a look at our post on 1920s accessories, giving you inspiration on how to create your own unique headdress?

Party Like Gatsby: Spectacle Extraordinaire takes place at The Troxy, London on 16th February as well as various other locations around Europe and USA in 2019. For further information and tickets, visit partylikegatsby.eu

©Photos by Dom Martin   https://www.dommartin.co.uk/

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1920s Accessories

With 2019 in full swing, each day that goes by brings us one step closer to the next round of roaring twenties.

1920s fashions have stood the test of time, being reworked and revived many times over the years. The resounding success of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has inspired countless events and parties in recent years, leading to a huge demand for decadent deco looks. One iconic piece of any twenties feminine ensemble was the headdress, and a good headdress will elevate any look from fine to fabulous.

Here’s a few ideas of ways you can combine our products to create your very own headdress. Keep it simple with a single braid, or go all out with feathers and diamantés – the choice is yours.

Our first headdress example below is made using one of our newest products. The braid, which comes complete with rhinestones, is both ornate and elegant. Use it alone or combine it with a tassel and one side of this intricate silver frog fastening.

If you want to up the glamour and sparkle, consider combining a rhinestone braid with this eye-catching diamanté motif and some marabou feathers.

Or why not go all out by layering these feather motifs with a gold metallic cord motif for a show-stopping look?

No matter what you’re after, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. All our products are available to buy either through our website or in our showroom. Just drop us an email on sales@barnettlawson.co.uk and it would be our pleasure to help you achieve your 1920s fantasy!

Products used – click to view

Headdress 1: Rhinestoned Metallic Braid , Metallic Frog, 15cm Tassel

Headdress 2: Diamanté trim, Diamanté motif, Marabou feathers

Headdress 3: Gold loop braid, Gold cord motif, Feather motif