Jane Fryers has recently relocated her millinery business from London to Hastings where she will carry on designing and making hats from recycled fabrics. A recent commission has seen her studying the making of traditional Mongolian hats, with a view to bringing them up to date with the use of her favourite fish leather.
Jane is also currently working on a new collection of hats inspired by the fabulous local fishing fleet. It will involve seaweed, seagull feathers and, of course, salmon skin as discussed with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Fortnum and Mason.
The QEST scholarship not only provided Jane with the funds to carry on studying millinery with some of the best tutors in the country, but it also gave her the confidence to then accept a job teaching millinery workshops at Central Saint Martins. Her passion is passing on her knowledge to others, encouraging pupils who have never made a hat to get blocking and make something they can be proud of.