June 21, 2009

Learning hat making with Nina Pawlowsky

Filed under: daily life,Millinery courses,Millinery trivia and events — Cristina de Prada @ 1:43 pm

Last week was the last class of the millinery course that my friend Nina Pawlowsky was giving at Escola Massana in Barcelona. There was a celebration dinner and I was invited because I was a substitute teacher for one class (and some of the students are followers of this blog!). I had a great time, and it was fun to be there with these wonderful ladies, all of us with our hats on, of course.

On the picture above you can see Nina (the one holding the flowers) and her students (one holding a 2 piece cork block made in class). They were very very happy with the course, very sad it was over, and I must say they were very good students to work with.

The Massana School, one of the centers where Nina gives classes, is a center of art and design belonging to the Town Hall of the City of Barcelona. It is placed in a beautiful historical building on the Gothic quarter (Hospital de la Santa Creu) and was founded in 1929 thanks to Agusti Massana’s legacy, a well known patissier and philanthropist. Unfortunately their website is available only in Catalan language, which is something I find absurd at many, many levels, but I’m not going to bore you with my rantings about that.

The 2009-2010 course will be even more interesting because instead of being just one course lasting two semesters it’s going to be divided in two different courses, both lasting 60 hours, one about hatmaking in general (starting mid-October) and the other one about fascinators and turbans (starting beginning of March). Nina is a very experienced milliner and speaks perfect English so if anyone reading this blog is interested in joining these courses and needs help inscribing just let me know. Inscription is from 2 to 10 September and from 18 to 28 January.


  1. I’ll get their one day sounds awesome! I lived in Cadaques for a while in the 90’s. Ahhh! beautiful Spain.

    Comment by Candice Herne — June 24, 2009 @ 3:37 am

  2. Turbans! About time someone tackled them again!

    Comment by jill — June 29, 2009 @ 3:00 am

  3. Me dan ganas de apuntarme al curso…

    Comment by Blanca — June 29, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

  4. Looks like you all had a fabulous time! Hello to Nina too!
    Hugs from Virginia,
    Kate Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — July 14, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

  5. Wish this was not so far away!

    Comment by Dorcas Christian — August 7, 2009 @ 7:17 am

  6. De verdad que es un grupo genial y Nina una excelente profesora. Saludos a todas y sobretodo gracias Cristina por este Blog tan genial y tan completo, espero terminar un día de mirarme tantas cosas 🙂

    Comment by Krma — August 11, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  7. Looks like very intereting course! I wish I could participate!
    thank you for a nice blog, Cristina! And your creations are really beautiful, thank you for exposing them!!!

    Comment by Elizaveta Sivas — December 25, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

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