LINDA CONTINUES TO SHARE PASSION FOR COLOUR AND FLAIR
CALLING her studio her happy place, Linda Ford continues to create masterpieces using colour, texture and style.
Surprisingly, millinery as a career wasn’t Linda’s first choice until a lifestyle change in 2010, but creating pieces for herself was something that she had been doing for over 20 years.
Linda said her inspiration definitely came from her Nan who was a seamstress and had created her the most amazing outfits throughout the years including ball gowns.
“I am lucky in that I come from a very creative family on my Nan’s side, with a few of them having been involved in millinery or fashion at some stage,” she said.
“Over the years since operating my own business I have found that with training and experience, not only does your confidence grow, but your understanding of techniques, materials and textures gives you the ability to really think outside of the square and take a risk with creating new designs.”
Asked what she enjoys in particular about the creative process, Linda said it was that it allows her mind to run free.
“My studio is such a calm and peaceful area (except for race week) and I particularly love being able to let my creative juices run wild and to create without restriction.
“The mixing and matching of colours and textures and particularly dying fabric and feathers to match outfits is exciting when you nail the colour and a real thrill when you see how happy your client is when wearing the piece.
“I find myself particularly inspired by my local surrounds and often I’m wandering around and see pieces of architecture or items in nature that you look at and think – that is a headpiece waiting to happen.
“I once saw a wall hanging in one of our local Thai restaurants and went home and created a piece from that inspiration.
“I think when you are creative you look at your surroundings a little differently.”
Linda definitely continues to be a local fashion ambassador with her style being described by fashion magazines as cutting edge, modern and abstract.
While she is available to create more traditional pieces, Linda likes to step outside of the norm and create pieces that a woman can be assured are unique.
One thing she definitely continues to highlight is that you don’t have to live in a more metropolitan area to be successful.
“I’ve been lucky enough to build a fabulous local and national client base from my studio in Bundaberg and to have fabulous support from local boutiques.
“My success has enabled me to bring internationally recognised milliners to Bundaberg to run workshops and train myself and other regional milliners.
“Every couple of years I try to attend a week long millinery conference where different techniques are taught whilst also enjoying the opportunity to meet other milliners.
“I regularly bring well-known Australian and international milliners to Bundaberg to run workshops.
“Only last month I had Ian Bennett, master milliner from the UK, here in Bundaberg training and it is very exciting to get milliners of this calibre to come to our area.”
Linda and others in her trade continue to be an inspiration with a huge growth around the world in people undertaking millinery courses, some as a career and many to enjoy as a hobby.
“We are certainly seeing a lot of younger people getting involved.
“Social media has created a hype and a buzz in events like Fashions on the Field and the huge growth in these areas has given a boost to the industry.”
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Linda Ford. PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN220817FRINGE5