My name is Sherilee Honnery, I am a Townsville based milliner, my studio is at my home in Rangewood.
My millinery journey started a long way back over 20 years ago. I suppose even back to when I was 18 I attended many of the local race meetings while my husband or husband to be spent a lot of time in the bookie ring.
I loved to watch the Fashions, sometimes winning one or two myself. My mother used to whip me up a new outfit as I would announce to her at 8am that we were going to the races at 12, do you think you could make me something new....... then I would rearrange the very few hats that I had to suit.
When wearing readymade hats, I always had to put elastic inside them to make them fit as I have a small head and the general run of the mill hats most certainly did not fit me, hence the need to make something that fits!
I started learning millinery at a workshop in Hughenden with Milliner Patti Carter, I love to create stunning headpieces, I am always learning and keen to try new ideas or styles.
I have completed many millinery courses with many well know Australian Milliners, finding my own style has come to light with the leather that I use in my pieces and now with acrylic pouring to create a point of difference.
Creating leather flowers to adorn pieces is probably my favourite part of all the headpieces I make, they are just so rewarding and make a statement on the piece.
Originally and still mostly today I use kangaroo leather to make the leather flowers, some of which was from a local tannery in Hughenden which is now closed and to be honest is probably more vintage leather. However, as this is no longer in operation I need to buy in other leathers, but still love working with the kangaroo leather... it certainly makes my pieces very 'Australian Made'.
Acrylic pouring has fast become a new favourite of mine, the freedom of designs and colour combinations is unlimited. These creations are new to millinery and each and every one is unique and cannot be replicated. You never know what you are really going to get until the paint dries and the colours shine.
My belief with millinery is yes it needs to look amazing ... but it must also be comfortable to wear!
I am now teaching and sharing my skills with the leather flowers, one day workshops are now available in my studio in Townsville.
So with that my millinery journey goes on and I hope that if you are considering a new headpiece or hat you will let me help you create something amazing!