Ladies from Holland and hand made hats

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After the fashion parade

On Saturday evening these ladies from Holland proudly displayed the hats they had crafted duriung the week.

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The first hat

Every spring and autumn groups from Holland, organised by Yvon van der Weide, come to Las Negras for an arts and crafts holiday.

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The second hat

This mainly focusses on sculpture. personally tutored by Yvon, but other crafts, including hat making are also offered.

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The third hat

An expert, Piet van Manen,instructs the ladies during the week on how to create their hats. He is in the centre of the first photo. At 84 years of age he won the title of Best Hatmaker in Holland last May.

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Another hat ….

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…. and another

Here are some photos of the ladies exhibiting their creations at the end of course festivities last night.

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One more hat

We will follow this up with a blog about the sculpture.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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