Millinery Pro­file – Ma­ree Starkey

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Ma­ree says she can­not re­mem­ber a time in her life when she didn’t have a pas­sion for mak­ing things. “I started mak­ing dolls clothes at age six and then my own clothes at 12. Fur­ther­more, hav­ing two daugh­ters gave me the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign and make their clothes as well, along with lots of their dance cos­tumes. When my daugh­ters started High School, I started mak­ing Bridal and Af­ter Five wear, whilst study­ing and com­plet­ing a TAFE course on Pat­tern­mak­ing, Cou­ture Fin­ishes and Millinery.” Over the last few years Ma­ree has stud­ied In­te­rior De­sign, which is an­other of her life­long pas­sions. She fell back into Millinery last year when she de­cided to go to the Mel­bourne Cup with some friends. “Of course, we ladies needed hats, so I put my hand up to make them. I watched some on-line tu­to­ri­als at Hat Academy to brush up on my skills and the ideas started flow­ing.” Said Ma­ree. “Millinery is my ‘happy place’, it is such an un­re­stricted artis­tic out­let. An idea will ‘grow’ as you are cre­at­ing, and the re­sult is al­ways so ex­cit­ing. I am so at peace and ‘in the zone’ that my hus­band will come home, and din­ner hasn’t been given a thought!”

Ma­ree de­scribes her style as ‘mod­ern with a touch of vin­tage’. She loves to use vin­tage trims wher­ever she can, and is ex­tremely ex­cited over a re­cent de­liv­ery from the USA that she or­dered made up of vin­tage French Feather trims and Rib­bons (all gor­geous). Ma­ree Said, “Most of them have their orig­i­nal la­bels and are from 1920’s to 1950’s and I can’t wait to start us­ing them.”

“I take great pride in all my work and la­bel each piece ‘made with love’, be­cause they are. Whether I block my own bases and make the trims or use pre-made, ev­ery piece is ‘made with love’ and I hope my clients get as much plea­sure in wear­ing them as I do in the mak­ing.”

To con­tact Ma­ree call 0401 690 912 or email dezignzby­ma­

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