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Amanda Sutherlands creative talks have now been running for over 12 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.

PART ONE -  MY CREATIVE JOURNEY

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.

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.

PART TWO -TRENDS OF A DECADE

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 neckwear are available to purchase at the usual group discount.

PART THREE - MAKE DO AND MEND

"REUSE, RECREATE AND RESTYLE YOUR WARDROBE"

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.

NEW TALK RELEASE

PART FOUR PRESENTATION - A STYLING MASTERCLASS

"THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO COLOUR, SHAPE AND FASHION CHOICES"

The latest addition to the creative presentation highlights the importance of identifying body shapes and choosing the best clothing styles to make the most of your appearance. 

Are you a warm or a cool person and what colour choices are the best options to compliment your skin and hair tones? These are all elements covered in this styling masterclass which assist us in making the best fashion choices and looking our absolute best.

From hourglass to athletic shapes , Amanda will include clothing and colour examples to compliment each shape with easy to follow clothing ideas to combine the rules of fashion along with a variety of creative clothing hacks.

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 jewellery and seasonal 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 £60.00 - £100.00 (for larger groups or weekend slots) per booking plus travel expenses based on the national standard milage rate.
Please take into account with the recent severe rise in diesel costs that the national milage rate has risen to 0.45p per mile.
 

2024 diary

*Sutton WI - 13th August
*Landbeach WI - 14th August
*Great Notley WI - 2nd September (morning)
*Bures WI - 9th September (morning)
*Trimley wives group - 10th September
*East Bergholt U3A - 11th September (day)
*Stisted WI - 11th September (eve)
*Chelmsford U3A - 12th September (day)
*Holland on sea 129 Club - 12th September(eve)
*Holywell Cum Needingworth WI-16th September
*Chelmsford Tangent group - 19th September

*Creative stitch group - 27th September
*Epping Forest Clothing group -1st October (day)
*Stetchworth WI - 1st October ( evening)
*Barton Mills Club - 2nd October (daytime)
*Cromwell quilters - 2nd October (evening) 
*Langdon hills- 8th October 
*Felsted WI - 9th October
*Magdalen wood and district WI - 10th October
*Halstead WI - 14th October
*Library walk WI Bedford - 15th October
*Chappel WI - 16th October
*St Marys fellowship Bocking group - 17th October
*St johns wives group Loughton - 21st October
*Eight Ash Green ladies group - 6th November
*Waterbeach Quilters guild - 9th November
*St Andrews lunch group - 13th November (day)
*Goffs Oak WI - 13th November (evening)
*Hartest and district WI - 14th November (day)
*Risby WI - 14th November (evening)
*Sainsburys Veteran bury group - 19th November
*East Hanningfield WI - 20th November (day)
*Harpenden WI - 21st November 
*NHS retirement fellowship - 22nd November (day)
 
NO BOOKINGS CURRENTLY BEING TAKEN FOR DECEMBER

Early Bird 2025 Diary

*Stanton WI - 15th January
*Gosfield WI - 16th January
*Sandy Night owls - 5th February
*Swavesey WI - 10th February
*Newmarket WI - 12th February
*Wardy Hills WI - 4th March
*Glemsford WI - 11th March
*Dennington WI - 12th March
*Birdbrook ladies group - 13th March
*Theydon Bois U3A - 17th March
*Ashwell WI - 19th March ( daytime)
*East Chesterton WI - 25th March
*The Kirby social group - 2nd March (daytime)
*Great Bardfield club - 8th April
*Cottenham WI - 9th April
*Huntingdon U3A - 16th April (day)
*Hardwick WI - 16th April (eve)
*Upminster Probus group - 7th May (daytime)
*Fitzwilliam Quilters Peterborough - 14th May
*Newton WI - 11th June
*Alton Belles WI- 19th June
*Woolpit WI - 8th July
*Framsden WI - 12th August (daytime)
*Eye WI - 11th September (daytime)
*Broadway Belles WI (Leigh on sea) - 1st October
*Birch Ladies group - 9th October
*Downham Market U3A - 13th October
*Stansted Mountfitchet U3A - 16th October
*Steeple Bumpsted group - 22nd October

*Blackbourne U3A - 3rd November (daytime)
*Leigh Estuary U3A - 4th November
*Great Baddow ladies group - 5th November
*Cockfield WI - 6th November
*Chelmsford U3A - 13th November 
*Kings Lynn National trust - 16th November
*Coggeshall WI - 19th November ( daytime)
*Harpenden ladies probus - 27th November

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