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Interview: Milliner Bonnie Warren

Interview: Milliner Bonnie Warren

IMG_1914Meet milliner Bonnie Warren, one of our talented feature artists at Young at Art on August 8.

Creative Drinks: Bonnie, tell us a bit about yourself.

Bonnie: I just finished studying millinery at the end of last year, so I’ve always been interested in style and fashion and millinery was the way I decided to go.

Creative Drinks: I didn’t even know you could study millinery in Brisbane.

Bonnie: Its at MSIT, the Metropolitan South Institute of Technology in Mansfield. Its part of the fashion area, it is a separate element all of its own though.

Creative Drinks: Is that cohort quite small? Its seems quite niche.

Bonnie: It is quite niche, but it is growing. It was huge. Everybody used to wear a hat whenever they left the house, you weren’t dressed without a hat, people would looking at you funnily. And now people look at you funnily with a hat on. It is growing though, it’s becoming more popular for people to wear hats again. I think in the 60s it dropped off because it was more about the hair and now hats have come back again.

Creative Drinks: Tell us a bit about the style of hats that you create.

Bonnie: I create quite a variety of styles, it’s quite eclectic. My personal style kind of varies a bit. I do work for particular clients, so I do have to incorporate their style into that, but myself specifically, you will rarely find me wearing a hat with a brim. I tend to wear cocktail pieces, little pillboxes and things like that or like a beret, that I’ve got on today. But I often like, it’s a dirty word in millinery, but a fascinator. That sort of thing as well. Not a traditional, tip, side and crown hat, with a brim. More of a sort of art piece, rather than a hat to keep the sun off your face.

Creative Drinks: You get commissioned to do work for clients. What sort of clients are you working for?

Bonnie: Mainly, it’s just private clients. People wearing a hat for the races or to go to a wedding. I also do bridal pieces and veils and things like that. I also, I did a bit of work for RaRa Superstar. I did a few hats for them for a photoshoot that they were doing. It varies.

Creative Drinks: What inspires you?

Bonnie: I’m often inspired by the material itself, working with it and how it feels and how it wants to move. Particularly with the woven materials, they want to work in a certain way, they don’t want to move in another way and I don’t think its a good idea to fight against your materials. You want to work with it. So that inspires me.

But I draw inspiration from all sorts of places, I guess. Architecture, I’m currently working on a collection that’s all based on minerals. Amazing crystal designs and things like that from minerals that’s quite cool. It can come from anywhere. You’ve just got to look at each object, each thing, everything you see with the right sort of eye and you can draw inspiration from anywhere.

Creative Drinks: Working in the Brisbane scene, do you feel there’s an appreciation for the skill that is involved in these sorts of creations?

Bonnie: I think (there’s) not as much as in other places. I think really, there is a niche industry. So there is a niche group of people who understand and respect the work that goes into the pieces, whereas others don’t understand, you know: “It’s just a thing you shove on your head, why would you pay that much money for it?” It’s like with any art form though, not everybody is going to understand it, not everybody is going to know and understand all the work and creativity and everything that’s gone into it, the love that’s gone into the piece, whereas other people will get it straight away. Others will take a bit of time.

Creative Drinks: Is the idea for (you) to stay in Brisbane? Or do you want to travel overseas?

Bonnie: I’d love to travel overseas to learn, to pick up the different techniques, the different ideas and that sort of thing. But, I think I like Brisbane and I would like to live here. But I’d like to go and experience other people’s views and see the way they work differently.

Creative Drinks: So why did you want to get involved in Creative Drinks?

Bonnie: I just think its an interesting idea to get a whole group of creative people together… I see this as a nice launch pad, but also as a nice place to meet other people in the creative industries to talk about similar problems that we’re facing, in terms of building a name and getting your designs out there.


What? Young At Art, Hosted by Creative Drinks

When? 6pm, 8 August 2013

Where? Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley

How much? $15 online

More info? Buy tickets online