About Pea Cooper
I am an award-winning Milliner who studied Millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London. After graduating I moved to Melbourne, Australia to become assistant to Milliner Richard Nylon where I made hats for events like the Gold Cup Racing and Melbourne Fashion Week.
On returning to Scotland I started my own business designing and making 'Quirky but Wearable' hats and headpieces. I describe my work as a mixture of design, sculpture and engineering and they are always inspired by my love of History of Fashion. As one of the very few fully trained milliners in Scotland, I have the skills to make any kind of hat and frequently say I can make a hat out of anything!
Over the past decade, my business has evolved into many different things from business mentoring to facilitating workshops, in not just millinery but arts and crafts too, throughout schools, museums, local authorities, and charities. I teach people of all ages and abilities and keen to enable people to maximise their potential.
I am passionate about Traditional Craft and skill sharing in a bid to keep the art of millinery alive.
2006- Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Art Trust Awardee
2009- International Milliner of the Year Nominee
2009- Designer for Ecua Andino Panama Hat Company, Ecuador
2010- Exhibition of my work Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2010- Successful participant of Starter for 6 (Formally NESTA)
2011- Exhibited with Scotland Redesigned at ICA London
2011- Scottish Fashion Awards ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ Nominee
2012- Fashion Foundry participant
2013- Collaborated with Harris Tweed to make hats for their permanent exhibition on the Isle of Harris
2013- Collaborated with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the end of year ballet.
2013- Won Inches Carr Award for Traditional Craft in Scotland
2014- Exhibition of my work at The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2014- Artist in Residence Doon Academy, Ayrshire
2016- Exhibited my work with Scotland Redesigned at Paisley Abbey
2016- Exhibition of my work Gayfield Gallery, Edinburgh
2016-17 Facilitated a six-month schools Bonnet Making Project with the V&A Museum Dundee
2017- Artist in Residence Loudon Academy, Ayrshire.
2018/19- Artist in Residence Wellington Academy, Ayr
2019 - Artist in Residence, Wellington Academy, Ayrshire. Teaching fashion design and millinery to both Primary and Secondary Pupils 2018
2020 Art Tutor, Scottish War Blind. Teaching art and crafts to people with a Visual Impairment and other conditions like Alzheimers, Parkinsons and stroke victims