I have always loved making things with my hands. After studying Fashion Design in 1994, I opened an outdoor stall in Ottawa’s trendy Byward Market. I sold my hats successfully for several years… until I started having children 🙂 Life balance shifted and it became an incredible challenge to get work done and still be a good mom. After the birth of my second child in 2003 I decided hang up my hat (so to speak) on the creative business. I kept all my machines knowing that it wasn’t going to be forever.
I opened a home daycare for extra income and to be with my children. I loved it very much, but my children grew older and the life balance shifted again. My inner-artist was crying to be released!
I closed my daycare and moved to the country last year with my husband and three children. With the help of some great friends, we overhauled and renovated the barn, it’s now my studio dream come true!
Hats are a bit of an obsession, they tell a story. I collect hats, books, head blocks; I am currently studying traditional millinery and making hats full time.
The name Milliner of Kintail came as the result of our move. There is a local conservation area we frequent called the Mill of Kintail, so I thought of it as a fun play on words.
All of my hats are thoughtfully designed to be beautiful and functional. Everything is done in small batches so that quality is never sacrificed.
I have a Facebook Page www.facebook.com/millinerofkintail and a new Etsy shop www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MillinerofKintail I am excited about this opportunity to reach out to customers on a much broader scale.
Thanks for taking the time to read my story.