Orchestra Audience

An Audience with

Amanda Sutherland


Amanda Sutherlands creative talks have now been running for over 8 years and have received huge recognition with the Women's institute, U3A groups and social groups. The talk covers the areas of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk which is generally within a 50 mile distance of the studio. Having received outstanding reviews and standing ovations, Amanda brings her experience of fashion, costume, crafting and creative business skills to the mix and delivers in an informative and humorous way which is guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.


An exciting Career journey through Film, Television and Theatrical costume design with an insight into running a successful accessories business.

Audiences have been completely amazed at the enthusiasm and creative energy that this presentation is delivered. Amanda talks about her career journey working as an assistant costumier, a bridal wear consultant, a wardrobe assistant for Westend shows and as a freelance designer.

The talks are informative and amusing as well as having inspired 1000s of audience members with often a standing ovation. The part one talk which has received numerous awards and has featured in many newsletters. A stunning display of headdresses and accessories complete this award winning presentation.


The part 2 talk is the perfect follow up to the original presentation, where audiences will be guided through the changing trends of costume design with a showcase demonstrating original garments and accessories from the 1920s-1950s. Highlighting the importance of underpinnings from past eras with corsetry, hip rolls and pads onto the celebration of the more relaxed designs of the 20th design.

Amandas successful business has been inspired by accessories from previous decades. Audiences will be shown how the glamour of the Victorian era, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s have inspired her stunning accessory collections which are available worldwide.

This talk combines both historical costume references and beautiful visual displays.

At the end of the presentation members are invited to browse the ever popular Gift shop where eco jewellery and  vintage style hats and neck wear are available to purchase at a group discount of usually 50%.



Having received both BTEC and national diploma levels in fashion design and styling, Amanda will show the most fabulous garment recreations that can be achieved from charity shop finds and old keepsakes. with simple yet effective methods.

This newest addition to the speakers diary is a fun packed masterclass, demonstrating various ways in adapting everyday clothing ,from worn and badly fitting garments into exciting and unique fashion pieces.

Amanda will show examples of clothing hacks which are easy to recreate and a presentation which once again will prove to be an inspirational watch, full of tweaks, surprises and repurposed fashion ideas.


By mixing and matching garments, recycling old clothing and highlighting the trials and tribulations of fashion, these top tips are the perfect resolve in finding flattering styling with eco and recycling elements at the forefront.

At the end of the presentation the ever popular gift shop will be open for members to browse the latest collections of Amandas own label, with the opportunity to buy a range of fabric jewellery and eco accessories at a members group discount.

If you are wanting to enquire about the presentations or wish to make a booking please contact me and i will be happy to assist.
Basic fees are approx £50.00 - £75.00 per booking plus travel expenses based on the national standard milage rate.
If you currently have a booking and due to covid are needing to cancel and reschedule, please note that we are now extending our bookings into 2022

​​​​​​​​​​ SPEAKERS DIARY BOOKINGS 2021​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​

  • Foxton WI - 2nd November

  • Brightlingsea U3A - 5th November

  • Ipswich Embroiderers guild -10th November

  • Kingsbury WI St Albans - 16th November

  • Ladies Probus Harpenden - 25th November

  • Aston WI - 2nd December 

  • Townswomen Guild Hitchin - 7th December

  • Leigh on sea U3A - 16th December TBC


  • Barton mills Wednesday club - 5th January

  • Walthambury WI - 11th January

  • St Albans WI - 13th January 

  • Caldicote WI - 19th January 

  • Rayne WI - 1st February

  • Sandy Owls WI - 2nd February

  • Hitchin ladies group - 4th February

  • Haverhill Owls WI - 8th February

  • Great Totham - 10th February

  • Little Baddow WI -3rd March (afternoon)

  • Kedington WI - 3rd March ( evening)

  • Townswomen Guild southend - 8th March

  • Braintree ladies probus group - 10th March TBC

  • Wheathampstead home craft day - 16th March ( morning)

  • Gislingham WI - March 16th 

  • Earls Colne WI - 21st March

  • Boxford WI - 4th April 

  • Waterford WI - 7th April

  • Wheathampstead WI - 13th April 

  • Knebworth WI - 20th April

  • Elsenham WI - 21st April 

  • U3A Haverhill - 26th April

  • Chalgrave WI - 10th May

  • Henlow WI - 12th May

  • Castle Hedingham social group - 18th May ( daytime)

  • Great Chesterford WI - 18th May ( evening)

  • Eye WI - 9th June

  • Fingringhoe WI - 14th June

  • Bottisham WI - 15th June

  • Black Notley WI - 21st June

  • Newmarket U3A - 27th June

  • Market event -30th June (venue TBC)

  • Horringer court WI - Bury - 4th July

  • Therfield WI - 6th July

  • Honington and Sapiston WI - 12th July

  • Great Ashby WI - 4th August

  • Harpenden WI - 18th August

  • Great Notley WI - 5th September

  • Potton WI - 6th September 

  • Moreton and district WI - 8th September (daytime)

  • Broomfield U3A - 14th September (daytime)

  • The 95 club Sudbury - 15th September

  • Kesgrave WI - 20th September

  • Stanton WI - 21st September

  • Elmswell WI - 5th October (daytime)

  • Redgrave ladies group - 11th October

  • Rickinghall WI - 13th October 

  • Langford WI - 14th October (TBC)

  • Bishops Stortford U3A - 19th October 

  • Welling ladies group - 9th November

  • Thurston WI - 1st December 

  • Upminster ladies Probus Group - 21st December (TBC)