Anne’s work is inspired by the Sussex countryside around where she lives. She studied textiles at Farnham, graduating with a first-class degree in 1983, followed by millinery at The London College of Fashion. She was one half of the renowned hat label Bailey Tomlin with an international reputation. For over twenty years she designed and made hats for many of the leading stores in the UK, USA and Japan, including Liberty, Harrods and Saks 5th Ave.
Anne now makes bespoke hats and headpieces, and miniature wild meadows that reflect her life-long love of the natural world. Using fine silks, wire, paper clay and millinery materials Anne creates one of a kind hats that are made with attention to detail and often with a sense of playfulness.
Inspired by the couture-quality and craftsmanship associated with the designers and makers, including Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, Anne reinterprets the flora and fauna around her, creating objects that are part adornment, part jewellery and part sculpture.
Anne also makes studies of nature and wildflowers showing her concerns for our loss of wild meadows. These are displayed under glass where she interprets the essence of each flower and its personality combining old flower making techniques with her own, developed over 30 years.
During the class, students will learn to make 3D flowers, including the skills to make delicate realistic spring flowers, anemone, daisy and narcissus. There will also be information provided about suppliers and lots of useful flower making tips.
14 March 2020, 3D Botanicals with Anne Tomlin.
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