Mary Jane's Blog

08
Oct

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This time last year I headed to Bordeaux for the annual Festival of Brocante and New Wine.

If you like shoping for vintage and tasting this year's new vintage - then Bordeaux is the place to be in autumn!

On the 26th and 27th of October (2013) the streets in the Chartons district will be alive with jazz musicians and crammed with interesting stalls.

On my trip I could have picked up these battered leather armchairs for 150 euros the pair!

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I recommend you take in the scene at the wonderfully atmospheric Paul's Place...

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or eat delicious regional cusine at La Tupina on La Rue Gourmande. 

Check out fascinating shops...

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and search for one-off bric-a-brac and local foodie specialities in the Sunday markets.

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To find out more - take a look at my article on Bordeaux in the November issue of Homes & Antiques magazine - just out!

Bon Voyage!

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20
Sep

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photograph by Claire Richardson

A few months ago my friend told me her Mum was having a clearout.

Stashed in the loft of her family home in Glasgow was a haul of vintage fairisle dating back to the 1970's.

Still in its original packaging and all in perfect condition - it had been maufactured by my friend's Dad during a brief foray into knitwear.

I offered to buy it....and have been loving it ever since!

I've now decided it's time to share the love and list certain pieces on Ebay starting with this fabulous cardie which also featured in my recent book...

The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking.

You'll find modern day versions all over the catwalk this season - but I think this is pretty special.

It's got a real 1940's vibe and the colour is spot on.

Keep stylish AND cosy this winter.

LOVE YOUR SCOTTISH KNITWEAR!

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06
Sep

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I've been a fan of Deborah Bowness wallpaper ever since I stumbled upon her studio on the Hastings seafront one 

particularly bleak day several years ago.

Looking in through the misty window I lost myself in her faded, delicate trompe l'oeil work.

Leafing through my latest issue of Elle Deco mag I discovered that this month Deborah's taking part in a project called 'Paper Trail' in Manchester. 

Deborah has pasted up her wallpaper panels in locations through the city - on boarded shop fronts and empty doorways -  to try and get people to look at the spaces differently.

Get a copy of the trail by e-mailing 

papertrail@deborahbowness.com

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06
Sep

 

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Welcome back after the summer break. Hope you had a good holiday!
I've not been idol...oh no....I've got lots to tell you about.
First off this new bar/cocktail lounge in Deptford Broadway, London - my neck of the woods.
It's called Little Nan and....
I'm dying to try it out!
Underground, atmospheric, cocktails in teacups - AND we're told - vintage prices!
Shall we give it a go girls and boys?
Let me know what you think.
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09
Jul

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FOR BUDDING MILLINERS EVERYWHERE!

Join me for a fantastic three day workshop at London's Kensington and Chelsea College and learn to make these stunning vintage-style hats from my new book

The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking.

You'll learn basic blocking skills and vintage ribbon techniques as well as how to use veiling and millinery wire. Simple floral trims will also be explored.

This is a great course for beginners and those looking to pick up some new ideas. Basic sewing skills required.

Dates: 22nd - 24th July inclusive.

Don't miss this unique opportunity!

To book please click on the KCC website.

At £125 for the three day course, this is a bargain!

Materials will be available to purchase during the course but please bring your own fabrics along too.

Further details from maryjanemillinery@hotmail.co.uk

 

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16
Jun

 

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It would be lovely to see you this Thursday 20th June at Barnett Lawson - the haberdashery mecca in central London.

If you've not been before - prepare to be amazed!

Hat tips, a free glass of wine, book signing and 10% discount on trims.

Hope to catch up with you there!

It's 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station.

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10
Jun

What a surfeit of wonderfully different workshops I've been involved with recently.

Here are the results of my cloche hat workshop with the lovely Nicky Cook @ The White Room SE4 in Brockley

..a fabulous new sewing space next to The Rivoli Ballroom.

We had a lot of fun.

Need I say more?!

We're hoping to launch a HAT CLUB soon - a monthly hat make at Nicky's.

Anyone interested?

Drop me a line!

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10
Jun

At long last - the final exhibition of work from The Kensington & Chelsea College HNC millinery students.

This is the only course of its kind in the country, and the students produce incredibly sophisticated pieces.

This year's graduates are a particularly talented bunch.

It was especially satisfying for me to see two of my former BTEC students, Sage Townsend and Martine Henry showing their work.

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Sage Townsend on the left and Martine Henry on the right.

Also catching my eye was the work of Chinese maker

Keng Keng Watt.

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And young Molly Coombs.

Molly grew up on a farm in North Yorkshire and feels passionate about rural life.

Her pieces combine classic country materials with animals and birds shot on the family's land. 

And yes - she learned the art of taxidermy so she can do it herself.

These girls aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty!

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Many congratulations to everyone.

Millinery is well and truly forging an exciting future.

 

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10
Jun

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Three cheers for "The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking" recently launched at the lovely Atelier Millinery in London.

A fabulous night with friends, colleagues and hat enthusiasts galore.

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Delicious mini-cupcakes were provided by the truly scrumptious Georgina Worthington from High Tea of Highgate.

Hurrah for baking!

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Long live "The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking" !!!

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08
Jun

 

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Here I am with Jane Garvey and her producer in the BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour studio.

It was great to be on my favourite Radio 4 programme.

Thanks Jane for being such a sport. I'll make a milliner of you yet!

Catch the show on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0213yfr

 

 

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