Project number two was to work on developing my technical skillset. In 2019 I was fortunate to win a business mentoring program with our local council. The amazing women who ran this program started up a COVID series called #skillup and I signed up for as many as I could. They were a lifesaver – an aspirational community of Sydney businesswomen presenting a wide scope of practical and inspirational content for personal and professional growth. The classes inspired lots of ideas for me including making stylish, fashionable and Covid19 specific masks. We researched carefully and decided to initially test designs and create some ‘Art Masks’ using my artist son’s leftover painted fabric. They were an immediate hit and our prototypes sold out overnight. So, we have started making an entire range for the Embellish® Atelier and they are now for sale on the website. They have kept my Bespoke millinery business busy when Hats and Headpieces weren't needed for the races. At Hatters, we were also kept busy helping other mask makers by supplying elastic and flexible wire for the nose piece.