"It really was a great experience to be able to share a touch of British craftsmanship with our American cousins."
Margaret Woodliff Wright
Thank you messages have poured in after a Northumbrian milliner led a workshop created especially for the patrons of a New York charity, dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in need.
Margaret Woodliff Wright who runs The Northumberland Milliner near Alnwick shared her millinery craft making expertise online to a world-wide audience to help raise awareness of the work of one of America’s oldest charities, the St. George's Society of New York. (SGSNY). Their three charitable programs support some of New York’s vulnerable seniors, university students as well as the British and Irish families of paediatric cancer patients, whilst resident in New York for treatment.
Margaret designed and ran a 120-minute virtual millinery event for the patrons of the SGSNY. Her course entitled “Roses are Red” saw attendees make their own contemporary decorated hat. The concept for the masterclass was inspired by the poem “The Rose is Red, the Violet’s Blue” written by Gammer Gurton in 1784, just after the St George’s Society was founded, in 1770.
Under the care and guidance of her expert eye, the attendees each made their very own contemporary headpiece; participants were supplied with a masterclass kit that Margaret had designed and shipped out to New York from Northumberland, which contained all the materials required. During the virtual class everyone learned about millinery - the fashionable art of creating hats, headpieces, and decorative accessory items, as well as how Margaret came to be The Northumberland Milliner.
“This past year, technology has enabled us to be together while apart, and adapting our programming has been crucial for our community” said Clare Risman, Executive Director of SGSNY.
“The SGSNY Master Class series unites people around a shared experience. Participants from California, DC, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey joined Margaret’s live session from her Northumberland home. She enthralled and expertly guided participants and together we created something delightful”.
Margaret added: “It really was a great experience to be able to share a touch of British craftsmanship with our American cousins. They all enjoyed the experience and I’m already planning new online workshops to reach more people far and near.”
Photo shows: Margaret with one of her creations (the Bigger Picture)
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