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Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival, 2023

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

Sarah at work in her millinery studio, blocking a birdcage veil over head-shaped form.

I'm rather excited to once again be part of the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival!

This year it's running from the 1st - 9th of July, and I'll be open everyday from 11am - 4pm. Also, here in Sun Pier House we're having a preview evening the night before it all starts, from 6-8pm on Friday the 30th of June, so do pop along to that if you can.

Last year I had a fabulous time welcoming in so many visitors, along with Dan Russel Jewellery and Gabi Mind who were my neighbours up in the shared Gallery Studio in Sun Pier House, so I'm really looking forward to it once again.

A vibrant blue fedora sits upon a hat block, on a set of wooden shelves lined with an assortment of wooden hat block shapes.

Come along and chat about milliner and hat making and take in my frankly lovely view of the River Medway and see if you are lucky enough to spot the seal. I'll also have a range of ready to wear hats and fascinators for all genders to try and purchase if one catches your heart, along with hat and lapel pins, and some hair accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that last year I switched to a solo studio within Sun Pier House. So this year you'll find me in a slightly different location, down on the first floor. The easiest entrance is through the orange external door, and just follow the signs to explore all the studios that are open to visitors.

Key Medway open studios details:

Where: Miss Ava's Millinery, Studio 4, 1st Floor, Sun Pier House, ME4 4QX

When: 11am - 4pm, Saturday 1st - Sunday 9th July 2023 (inclusive)

Preview evening, 6pm - 8pm, Friday 30th June. All welcome!

Access: Enter via the oranage external door on the 1st floor of Sun Pier House.

Access is via stairs (though Sun Pier House has just got planning permission for a

lift so watch this space!)

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