The art of millinery is an ancient one. Ignited by a furious passion, human beings have adorned themselves with head pieces from as far back as time itself. Now, a new breed of milliner walks the earth keeping this intricate tradition alive, blooming with a plethora of creativity, whilst that same furious passion burns even brighter. One such talented lady keeping the millinery art form alive is the effervescent, Tanya Balzan. This wonderfully ambitious and inspired young woman and her beautiful millinery label, Falling Feathers is next on Pen To Paper’s Rising radar. And with the Spring Racing Carnival just around the corner, this is one label you’ll want to get your hands (and heads) on.
1. What was your initial inspiration behind starting Falling Feathers?
The love of millinery – the elegance of the craft, the design aspects and creativity involved with inventing a stunning and unique hat, fascinator or headdress really inspires me. Also, at a young age, when the races were on, I would always run to the television just to watch the Fashions on the Field. My connection to fashion and millinery’s importance within it, was instilled in me from early on.
2. Did you love to play dress-ups as a kid?
When I was young I would just sit and play around with feathers and ribbons. Then I’d pop it all onto a hair comb and walk around the house with it on.
3. What is it about the design process you love?
I love seeing the designs come together, almost organically – from a flat piece of material, and then realising that the sky’s the limit when it comes to dressing and transforming that material into a beautiful head piece.
4. How would you describe your Falling Feathers designs?
My designs are slightly edgy, just like my own fashion style. I love using black with metallics; large vintage pieces of lace; bright pops of colour; wire motifs and any other innovative material I can get my hands on.
5. Are all of your head pieces hand-made?
Yes. Each and every one. I love creating one off pieces, because then every single piece in my collection is individual and unique, and very special. The hardest part for me is letting them go. J
6. What millinery studies have you undertaken?
I’ve studied with Louise MacDonald for the past 3 years, and have also completed a fabric origami course.
7. What do you wish to achieve with Falling Feathers?
I want a woman to love my head pieces, just as much as I’ve loved making them. I want her to feel elegant and beautiful. My passion and love for millinery will live on forever.
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