The Executive Committee is comprised of practising milliners and students of millinery, who come from a wide range of creative backgrounds. They are all passionate about millinery and are keen to encourage skill development amongst the RMA members, creating positive networks amongst members and creating a greater awareness of the wearing of hats within the general community.
The positions on the Committee are held for a two year period and are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
As one of the original members of The Riverina Millinery Association, Jo-Anne Rolfe has been a winner of various Millinery, Racing Fashion and Textile Awards, including Hat Life in 2012, HATalk 2015, Royal Melbourne Show 2016 and the Coleambally Taste Festival Art Prize 2016.
She has also had her millinery pieces featured in Vogue Australia Magazine, Mystica Magazine, Promo (NYC) Bridal Magazine and US Elegant.
Jo recently taught at the International Millinery Forum 2016 and operates her own workroom/design studio in Narrandera.
About karen …..
Rose Organ originally trained as a Fashion Teacher at TAFE, teaching Millinery as a TAFE subject for 52 years. She also ran her own Haute Couture workroom for 35 years specialising in Bridal, Mother of the Bride and Racewear fashion, which included designing Hats and Head Pieces to complete the ensembles.
Rose was a founding member of the Riverina Millinery Association and instigated the first International Millinery Forum in Wagga Wagga. She also initiated millinery classes at the Riverina Community College which continue to this day. Rose had been the President of the RMA since its inception and is now the Vice President and Life Patron. In her spare time, Rose enjoys studying fine art and spending time in the garden.
Pat Murray is a member of the Riverina Millinery Association sewing group and began sewing for herself in her early teens as a necessity, unable to find clothes to fit her long arms and legs.
Loving Art but choosing a steady liveable income, Pat followed a 20 year scientific career as an Ecologist, focusing particularly on water issues. Now back to where she started, Pat dabbles in fine art and mixed media, preferring pen and ink drawing. She continues to custom make her clothing and enjoys machine embroidery.