Bridget Bailey
Bridget Bailey portrait for web

My teaching style is very hands-on, passing on my particular skills and techniques which I have developed over 20 years of working with materials

What will students gain if they come on one of your courses?

A fresh way of working with millinery materials and technical skills to express their ideas

Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

Colouring straw and silk. Hand rolling, stiffening and wiring to shape the pieces

What inspires your own work?

The structures, colours and textures of the natural world. Working with materials to get them to do new and original things. Textile training gives a feel for colour and texture which gives an extra dimension to the sculptural qualities of millinery

Where can students see examples of your work?

The V&A shop Shows include Art in Action, Origin and The Country Living Fair Exhibitions include Effervescence and the Sussex Barn Gallery

Where did you gain your training? Experience?

BA Hons in textiles at Farnham
MA Textiles Birmingham University
Designed and produced millinery for Jean Muir for 8 years

Founded and run the Bailey Tomlin label since 1989, designing and producing collections for The V&A, Saks 5th Ave & Liberty etc.

The Dubai World Cup, in March 2008. Invited to exhibit a collection of hats in an exhibition to represent British millinery.

“British Week”, held in Mitsukoshi in Japan. I was selected to exhibit a collection representing British millinery at this high-profile event three times, between 2001 and 2004.

Teaching experience:

I run private courses at the studio on my techniques I’ve also given a variety of presentations on my experience of running my own business at venues including the V&A, London College of Fashion, The West Surrey College of Art and Design and Winchester College of Art.

Books and articles:

Featured in book “Jean Muir – Beyond Fashion”
Work published in “The New Textiles”
Recent press features include: Italian Vogue/Financial Times/The Independent