Bundaberg Style - - STYLE -

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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