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​​​​​

  • Pakenham WI - 12th August 

  • Thurston WI - 2nd September 

  • Burnham on crouch U3A - 3rd September 

  • Stamford-le-hope and district U3A - 9th September 

  • Dengie Flower club - 15th September 

  • Bedfordshire embroidery guild - 16th September

  • Hockley Hawkwell U3A - 17th September 

  • Bedford WI daytime group - 21st September 

  • Grantham Ladies luncheon group - 1st October 

  • Kesgrave Group - 5th October 

  • Bury WI - 7th October

  • Buntingford WI (evening) - 14th October

  • Northill and Ickwell WI - 19th October

  • Upminster ladies Probus Group - 20th October

  • Foxton WI - 2nd November

  • Brightlingsea U3A - 5th November

  • Ipswich Embroiderers guild -10th November

  • Rayne Wives - 15th November

  • Kingsbury WI St Albans - 16th November

  • Ladies Probus Harpenden - 25th November

  • Stondon WI - 17th November 

  • Aston WI - 2nd December 

  • Leigh on sea U3A - 16th December TBC


  • Walthambury WI - 11th January

  • Caldicote WI - 19th January 

  • Sandy Owls WI - 2nd February

  • Townswomen Guild southend - 8th March

  • Braintree ladies probes group - 10th March TBC

  • Gislingham WI - March 16th 

  • Boxford WI - 4th April 

  • Wheathampstead WI - 13th April 

  • Elsenham WI - 21st April 

  • U3A Haverhill - 26th April

  • Henlow WI - 13th May

  • Fingringhoe WI - 14th June

  • Black Notley WI - 21st June

  • Horringer court, Bury - 4th July

  • Harpenden WI - 18th August

  • Potton WI - 6th September 

  • Elmswell WI - 5th October ( daytime)

  • Bishops Stortford U3A - 19th October