African American Millinery Designer Is Taking It To The Streets.

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African Millinery Designer Kay Durden will be conducting weekend hatmaking workshops in California Coastal cities starting Summer 2004, along with trunk showings.

Ms. Kay Durden who has been designing hats and teaching the Art of Millinery almost twenty years says she decided to start weekend workshops after receiving continuous e-mail requests.

She says she will be "taking her classes to the streets" of other cities to people wishing to learn the Millinery Art which is having a resurgence of popularity. She is also planning to tour other states with her workshops as well as other countries within the year.

Ms Durden would like to teach people in impoverished countries also because she feels learning the art would enable them to become more productive. Being productive she feels enable people to become self-sufficient, builds self esteem as well as help boost economies.

Her most popular class at Dollarhide Community Center in Compton, CA has grown rapidly since it's inception more than two years ago.

She credits the class's popularity to the fact all the students are senior citizens, and some are utilizing their newly found creativity to earn extra income they might not earn otherwise.

Ms Durden says there are three other factors that have help the class grow; word of mouth and her popular websites: . Kay Durden's LA Connection lists information and cultural event for African American living in the Los Angeles area, visitors and persons interested in the culture.

Her other website Kay's Art of Millinery Calif Style, :
is becoming popular because people are seeking millinery classes which she lists, along with some of her designs that are for sale, and links to other designers.

She adds many people ask if there is a market for hats, and she quickly informs them the Millinery business brings in revenues over 17 billion dollars annually.

Much of that revenue goes to whom she calls the "Big 3" (3 male designers who design church hats specifically for African American women with prices ranging from $150.00 and up).

Several other reasons the Millinery Art is resurging more people are going to church and wearing hats, many wearers wish to create their own and save money, and design students are incorporating this art into their fashions portfolios.

The bottom line is "Hats Are Back", people want to learn the art, and Ms Durden has set up a schedule for the following 2004 summer weekend workshops:

1)June 26-27, San Diego

2)July 10-11, Riverside County

3)July 17-18, San Bernardino County

4)July 24-25, Orange County

5)July 31-August1, Ventura County,

6)August 7-8, Santa Barbara

7)August 14-15, Monterrey

8)August 21-22, San Francisco

If you'd like to attend one of the workshops, buy one of a kind designer hats, or sponsor a workshop for your organization go to the website: .

Classes limited to 20 persons per weekend, so please register early to ensure seating.

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