Learn the art of millinery at Festival of Thrift workshop

Millinery at CCAD

Fans of fascinators can learn the art of hat making and make the most of their millinery skills as part of a workshop by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) at the Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham Hall this weekend.

The Festival is a hugely popular free-to-enter event focussing on living sustainably in style that takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September at Kirkleatham Museum and grounds near Redcar on the North East coast.

The specialist art and design college is putting on a hat making workshop over the two days where visitors can create their own unique couture fascinator. A must for any wardrobe, fascinators suit many occasions and are perfect for weddings, a day at the races or just lunch with the ladies!

As part of the workshop visitors can develop their design onto a chosen base, with the complete freedom to create colour, finish, decoration and style using a range of provided millinery supplies and no previous is experience required.

For anyone wanting a specific shade to match an outfit, they are welcome to bring along any particular materials they may want to use, including recycled velvet, lace, buttons or feathers etc. It is also a great opportunity to use any broken bits of jewellery to make a feature of the fascinator.

For those who wish to showcase their artistic skills, there may be an opportunity to display the fabulous fascinators on the catwalk at the Festival of Thrift’s OxGlam fashion show, with the thriftiest Festival goers awarded ‘Best in Show’ rosettes and invited onto the stage.

CCAD offers a range of art and design degree courses at its University-level campus in Hartlepool, including Costume Interpretation with Design. During the two-day Festival, staff from the specialist art and design college will be on hand to offer their expertise and advice.

Jane Havakin, Cleveland College of Art and Design Programme Leader in Costume Interpretation with Design will be leading the workshop, and says hats played a big part in costume and everyday life until fairly recently. She said: “Hats were worn by every single person up until 1950s, they were so important for costume because no one would dare to go out of the front door without wearing a hat – even to the bin! So all the period dramas need hats to be created for them and CCAD offers one of the few courses in the country that has a whole module on millinery because it is so important.

“In terms of fashion upcycling, hats are a fantastic opportunity to use whatever you have around you such as scraps of fabric to tie it in with any outfit you have. They are a perfect ethical way of sprucing up an outfit and also a fun way of making something unique to you in a world of high street and mass market fashion.”

Stella Hall, director of the Festival of Thrift, said: “We are shining a spotlight on young people at this year’s festival – and encouraging them to think about ethical and sustainable future careers. We are thrilled at this first involvement of CCAD students and staff with their upcycled millinery project – and we look forward to growing the partnership in future years.”

The workshops, costing only £2 on the day, take place from 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-3.30pm on both days at the Kirkleatham Museum, with no booking required. Also on display will be a range of costumes and a mini exhibition from current students and former graduates of the northern art college.

For more information on opportunities at CCAD contact (01642) 288888 or visit www.ccad.ac.uk.


For further information please contact Kathryn Clapham, Communications and PR Officer on 07577 941331 or email kathryn.clapham@ccad.ac.uk

About Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD):

* CCAD is the only specialist art and design school in the North East, with a further education site in Middlesbrough and a university-level campus in Hartlepool
* One of a few specialist art and design colleges in the country, with over 1,000 students.
* With over 140 years of experience, CCAD is one of the UK’s leading design and art schools, offering award winning courses in both further and higher education
* CCAD tutors are industry professionals, with a wealth of experience and many are practising artists and designers
* CCAD offers the latest in teaching and learning facilities and uses industry standard equipment
* Famous alumni include Sir Ridley Scott and Mackenzie Thorpe
* All CCAD courses are validated by Arts University Bournemouth

Diary date listing and event details

Event: Festival of Thrift
Date: Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September 2016
Place: Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, Redcar, North East TS10 5NW
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free event. Parking £5 per car.

Media enquiries: Rachel Smith, rachel@festivalofthrift.co.uk , 07905 215712



* The Festival of Thrift is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and enabled through a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council,
* It is sponsored by Northumbrian Water and University of Teesside and supported through an award from the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm community benefit fund.
* Additional support in kind has been made available by PD Ports.
* The Festival was born in Darlington in 2012 and is growing up across the Tees Valley region, with a move to Kirkleatham for its fourth event.
* In 2015 the Festival won the Arts Award in the Observer Ethical Awards, which celebrate the people, organisations and campaigners who are leading the way to ensure we have an ethical future.
* The Festival won gold for the North East Tourist Event of 2015.

2016 event

* The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday September 17 and Sunday September 18 2016 10am – 5pm at Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds near Redcar on the north east coast.
* It is located in the tranquil village of Kirkleatham, in and around Kirkleatham Museum and Grounds, a Grade II listed building which dates from 1709 and now houses Kirkleatham Museum.
* Kirkleatham village has one of the best collections of Georgian-style buildings in England and the almshouses on the Festival site, which were built in 1676, are architecturally and historically notable.
* Sustainable transport options are available to help festival goers get to the site

Useful links:

About the festival: www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/about-the-festival/
Footage of Festival of Thrift 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QvXvYRR7aI
Festival team: http://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/whos-behind-the-festival-of-thrift/
Annual report 2015: http://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FoT-2014_15-annual-report-final-TP.pdf
Observer ethical award 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/02/observer-ethical-awards-2015-winners-festival-of-thrift



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