Millinery Spotlight - Hats by Helen
I love millinery - hello nothing new here. But it wasn't until a friend of mine started sporting some amazing matchy matchy numbers that I had to ask - girl who are you wearing up there - Helen Strong hmmm a little insty stalk later and I was in love!!!!!!!!!
In the lead up to spring carnival I thought it would be great to know a bit more about this supreme being and let her share with us, her passion, her authentic love of millinery and of course where it all began.
I have been hooked on fashion and millinery since winning my first sash at the Gympie races last year. But it really all started about 13 years ago, when I was a struggling uni student. I had scored my dream part time job as a milliner’s assistant for the very talented Wendy Duff. I made my first hat for myself (with the help of Wendy) and won a runner up prize in FOTF at Corbould Park Racecourse in 2005 and I was completely hooked. However after I graduated from university, I decided to concentrate on my career as an art teacher, so millinery fell by the wayside. It wasn’t until last year, when I was invited to attend the races in Gympie, that I decided to make my own hat and won my first sash, again I was hooked.
Next thing I knew, I was making hats for friends and then clients and now I have a small hobby millinery business that is really taking off. There is something so satisfying about making a hat from start to finish, matching and styling it with ladies beautiful outfits.
Florals are a signature on Helen's creations.
After working with a milliner for 5 years I have definitely picked up a lot of tips and tricks, but over the past year I have developed a personal style through my interest in craft, art and fashion. I feel like after each hat that I create I stumble across my own tips and tricks, producing custom hats that really stand out from the crowd.
I would describe my style as floral, colourful, and fun.
Yes Spring is just around the corner, while I am fully booked until early August, I have already began to take orders for Spring. When you have an outfit idea please contact me to start conversing about your next race ensemble!
I would love to create a Spring collection, however I can only keep up with my custom orders at the moment due to working full time as an art teacher. But during Spring will be able to create a small collection which will be available from my Facebook page Hats by Helen at fb.me/HatsbyHelenStrong and probably advertised on the Millinery and Racewear for Sale Australia Facebook page, which is actually the page that has helped me become more well known. I will also be running a competition for Spring racing where you could win one of my fascinators.
Thank you Helen for this amazing blog we look forward to watching your business continue to grow.
Hats by Helen
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