Fiona Muirhead-Kerr – Scotland
Piece Title: Military Style 1, Flower of Greyfriar, Military Style 2
Fiona graduated from Gray’s School of Art with a first class honours degree in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 2002. Then, in 2009, she completed a PGCE in Art and Design. She currently works part-time as an art teacher at Aboyne Academy and has also recently set up her own business “Ms Muirhead Millinery”. She specialises in vintage inspired fascinators and headpieces and has a love and passion for creativity and self-expression through millinery. She was a finalist in Scotland’s first wearable art competition in Dundee (October 2014).
Fiona’s inspiration comes from Scottish military millinery. Her design aim was to celebrate tartan in a contemporary and elegant way with a theme of historical millinery and Scottish culture. Fiona entered this competition to have the opportunity to be part of an exciting project, promote new talent, create something original and exciting, and be a part of a new community of creative talent.
Her first piece, Military Style 1, has an elegant, elongated and slightly pointed oval-shaped base to sit proudly on the head. The base is made from wired buckram which is covered with Greyfriars Tartan. The headpiece is adorned with folds of Greyfriars Tartan which is frayed to create dramatic height and texture. Black folded velvet has also been included to add contrast and depth to highlight the Greyfriars Tartan.
Fiona’s second piece, Flower of Greyfriar, is a large oversized corsage using Greyfriars Tartan to create the folded petals which are frayed at the edges to create a feathered texture. The oversized corsage is mounted on a wired buckram angular base which is covered in black velvet to highlight the tartan.
Fiona’s third design, Military Style 2, is an elegant, oval shaped base made from a wired buckram and covered in Greyfriars Tartan. It is embellished with ostrich feather and a complimentary brooch.