CLAIRE SPOONER, North Yorkshire, UK

Claire Spooner is a professional freelance milliner based in North Yorkshire. She offers a theatrical millinery design and making service in period & contemporary headwear. Claire enjoys sharing her passion for hats through regular group talks & demos and workshops for venues across the UK.

Claire trained in millinery at Leeds College of Art & Design before setting up a bespoke label “Quaintrelle” 2010 and offering bespoke millinery. Her additional work in Costume at York Theatre Royal led her to change direction and become a theatrical milliner in 2016.

Some feedback on Claire’s teaching: “inspirational”, “relaxed, informal, great demonstrations”, “easy to understand and help was always at hand”.

Workshops offered:

Workshops, demos and talks are available to museums/galleries/colleges/theatres etc and can include flower-making, feather work, hat-blocking, period styles, fascinators, to be tailored to your venue/event.

Workshops, demos & talks for venues hosting workshop programmes or linking to themed exhibitions/events, previous clients include:

ArtisOn, Masham 2012-18

York Theatre Royal 2017

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond 2017

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 2015-16

Lincs Inspire, Hats & Bonnets – Victorian Fashions 2016

Lincs Inspire, 150 years of Alice in Wonderland celebrations 2015

Leeds College of Art & Design 2014

Rural Arts, Thirsk 2014

Festival of Vintage, York Racecourse 2011

York Castle Museum “Heads Up!” 2010.

Leeds City Museum, Heroes & Heroines 2010


07989 922860