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Perspex in Millinery: An LHW Masterclass with Carole Maher

Discover the world of perspex, plexiglas and acrylic. Australian milliner Carole Maher will show you how to use these materials to the best advantage in millinery. 

Learn how to create your own headpieces, trim for bags, shoes and even jewellery. This is not just an assembly class, it is a full perspex “how to” workshop, including cutting, drilling, scraping, flame polishing and chemical welding.

You will create one or two headpieces in this workshop using pre-laser cut perspex designs – geometric shapes, flowers, leaves, headbands, feathers etc in different flouroescent and clear colours.

There will also be an hour of creating your own perspex hat stands using pre-cut pieces.

On this course, students will become competent in working with all types of acrylic, from scratch to finished pieces. They will also gain knowledge and confidence to create laser cut pieces for millinery, jewellery, bag and shoe trim. They will be able to join pieces using jewellery findings and chemical bonding and to design and create their own perspex hat stands.

This course is suitable for all skill levels, including beginners. Each student will receive a Perspex Kit (worth approx. £60) including enough laser cut pieces to make at least two headpieces and a perspex hat stand which they will finish during the class.

Carole Maher started her millinery training in England with Rose Cory and at the London College of Fashion before graduating from Sydney Institute of Fashion Technology as a qualified Couture Milliner. She has pioneered the global introduction, research, development and distribution of thermoplastics in millinery and the fashion industry and is very passionate about innovation and development in millinery. She currently teaches workshops and lectures around the world and is a regular visiting lecturer and tutor at The Royal College of Art, London. She also delivers millinery workshops at Kensington and Chelsea College of Fashion and masterclass workshops in Ireland, Scotland,France, Spain, AustralAsia and America, as well as in her own studio in Grose Vale, New South Wales, Australia.

Tea and coffee will be provided and there will be a 1 hour break for lunch. Students can bring their own lunch or purchase something to eat from one of the nearby cafes or restaurants.

All materials will be provided although students are welcome to bring their own sewing kit if they would prefer. 

This class is fully booked. To join the waiting list, please send an email to