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Consultation Appointments at the Studio

consultation appointments at the studio
consultation appointments at the studio

I’m thrilled to be able to offer consultation appointments at the studio again. 

The staff at Yorkshire Artspace (my landlord) have been amazing over the last few months. I am so very grateful to them. They have worked tirelessly since the UK-wide lockdown to keep the building open to studio holders.

Thanks to them, Exchange Place Studios is now deemed Covid secure thanks to the measures they have put in place. Needless to say, it’s really important that all studio holders and visitors now adhere to these new protocols.

What Has Changed?

Funnily enough, there is no specific guidance from the Government about how I should offer consultation appointments at the studio, in fact there is no guidance for milliners at all.

As a result, I am requesting that visitors follow the guidance issued to studio holders by Yorkshire Artspace, plus a few extra measures aimed at those working in close proximity to others e.g hair salons and well as those in retail settings. Along with a healthy dose of common sense.

I will need to get close to you during your appointment to help you try on any potential designs, however I will aim to keep this proximity to a minimum.

With this in mind, please do wear a face covering when you attend for your appointment. If your face covering has been worn for a long time or is damp, I will have spare disposable masks in the studio.

I will also reciprocate by wearing a face visor and if you wish a face mask too.

We have LOTS of hand sanitiser points in the building, however please feel free to bring and use your own hand-sanitiser as well.

Please do not visit the studio if you have Covid-19 symptoms

Naturally, I hope it goes without saying, that if any of the following applies to you, please contact me as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. 

  • You are showing any Covid-19 or ANY other cough/flu-type symptoms.
  • You are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test
  • You have been advised to have a Covid-19 test

OR you have recently been in contact with

  • Anyone who has tested positive to Covid-19
  • Anyone who is awaiting a Covid-19 test themselves
  • Anyone who is showing Covid-19 or ANY other cough/flu-type symptoms themselves.

Arriving at Exchange Place Studios

As with the rest of daily life, I have had to make a few changes to the way I do things when having consultation appointments at the studio.

There is a one way system in place around the building and lift access is restricted to one person at a time. We also have lots of wall mounted hand sanitizer stations dotted around the building.

Usually, I would meet my clients in reception and take them up to my 5th Floor studio in the lift. I have always been open to you bringing a trusted advisor to your appointment, especially if you need assistance with any decision making.

  • I am now only able to accept one visitor to the studio at a time.

This is to help me maintain my distance from you within my studio space. This could be awkward with more than one visitor at a time. Please do not bring any children, of any age, with you.

(I confess, I’ve usually discouraged clients from bringing children – they tend to get bored and they are really rubbish at giving advice about what looks good!)

  • I will meet you at the studio holder’s entrance to the studio, not the main reception.

When I confirm your appointment, I will let you know where this entrance is and make sure you have my phone number too…just in case you get lost or are delayed.

  • I will ask you to sign into our visitors book, using your own pen. I will also ask you to sanitise your hands.

This would be the same process if you were to enter the building via the main reception – all studio holders and visitors are required to sign in and out of the building.

  • I will escort you to the lift, and follow you up to the 5th Floor via the one way staircase.

Trust me, the lift is far preferable to the stairs. But using them frequently has made me a lot fitter and they feel less like the Gladiators Travelator now! There is another hand sanitiser station outside the lift on the 5th floor, please do feel free to use it again whilst you wait for me. I promise I won’t be too far behind you though.

During Your Appointment

I clean all my door handles, light switches, plug switches and work surfaces on arrival to my studio. I am currently only working from the studio one or two days a weeks and sadly, have few visitors.

However, I will clean all high touch points again before your appointment – just to be on the safe side.

(As you can see, even my cleaning products are on brand!)

I will also have additional hand sanitiser in the studio for both of us to use if required.

As mentioned, I will keep my distance from you as frequently as possible and wear my face visor (and optional mask) throughout your visit.

I will also ensure that a window is open to improve ventilation, I may also prop the door open to aid air circulation.

Any designs that you try on during your appointment will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days before being returned to my usual storage boxes.

Sadly, I will be unable to offer any refreshments during your appointment.

Leaving the Building

As with your arrival to the studio, I will escort you to the lift. There is another opportunity to sanitise your hands outside the lift on the ground floor if you wish.

However if you wish to walk down the stairs, you are more than welcome to. It is definitely easier going down than up!

I’ll also ask you to sign out using your own pen again – there is another opportunity to sanitise your hands at this point before leaving the building if required.

After Your Appointment

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 after attending your appointment, PLEASE notify me immediately by telephone.

I have a duty to inform Yorkshire Artspace to help keep my fellow studio-holders stay as safe as possible, not forgetting my friends and family.

With over 60 studios in the building, some of which are shared spaces, it is vital that any potential risks are communicated. Your understanding in this is greatly appreciated.

It goes without saying that should I suffer symptoms, I will contact you immediately too.

It is my greatest desire to remain Covid-19 free, so I will do everything I can to help reduce the risks to both my clients and myself.

I hope this guidance will help set your mind at rest when considering whether it is safe to book consultation appointments at the studio in the future.

If you have any further queries, or would like to discuss booking an appointment, please do contact me.

Gift Vouchers now available to buy online

Gift Vouchers now available to buy online
Gift Vouchers now available to buy online

Imogen’s Imagination gift vouchers are now available to buy online!​

I promised that I would streamline this process and I have. I hope it will be much simpler and there is definitely more choice available now.

These gift vouchers are perfect presents as you don’t even need to wrap them. I can even email them direct to the lucky recipient.

Got a wish list longer than your arm or bigger than your budget? Gift vouchers are a great way to make those wishes reality.

How to Buy Gift Vouchers

Simply choose the value of the gift voucher, select the design, add the voucher to your basket and checkout…it is that simple!

There are seven designs available, featuring some of my favourite hats and hair accessories from my extensive design archive.

  • Logo – keeping it classic with just my logo
  • Kisses – a black beret with a pink sequin bow
  • Heart – a silver glitter cat ears headband
  • Bow – a cream and blush large ribbon bow
  • Nautilus – a grey pleated ribbon shell headband with beading.
  • Hot Pink Flowers – a vintage-inspired midi boater with pink camellias
  • Pale Pink Flowers – a free form pale pink straw hat with a rose and feathers

The voucher will be created manually and emailed to the address provided within 24 hours.

Just choose whether to have the voucher sent to you, or direct to the lucky recipient.

 

So with the the news that Imogen’s Imagination gift vouchers are now available to buy online…the big question is who will you be buying for?

A lucky friend or family member? Or will you be putting them on YOUR wish list?

How to Use Your Gift Voucher

Shopping online? Each voucher has a unique coupon code, just enter the coupon code at the at the checkout to redeem your voucher.

These new vouchers can also be used in person too…nifty, eh?

Whether you’re at an event where I have a stall, or are visiting me at the studio, you just need that unique coupon code. You can print out the voucher, or simply show me your email copy on your phone. I’ll do the rest!

 

Gift Voucher T&C's

  • All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.
  • Can be used in person and online.
  • No cash refund or exchange value to the voucher.
  • Lost gift vouchers will require proof of purchase to be re-issued.

X Terrace Exhibition 2020 at London Hat Week

X Terrace London Hat Week Exhibition 2020
X Terrace London Hat Week Exhibition 2020

The X Terrace Exhibition is the jewel in the crown of London Hat Week and this year, I am incredibly honoured to have one of my designs featured!

My “Nautilus” hat has been selected as one of the 200 designs to be be shown during this week long festival of all things millinery. 

With milliners from all over the world submitting their designs, I am simply over the moon that my hat has been chosen for this accolade.

London Hat Week takes place between 16th and 22nd April 2020 at a variety of locations across the capital. The week kicks off with a Launch Party (naturally!) and the schedule includes exclusive tours, workshops, talks, and social events bringing milliners together from all over the world.

The X Terrace Exhibition: To the Future and Back will run between 16th and 24th April and tickets for admission can be bought here.

Menier Gallery, 51-53 Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1RU

11am-6pm  (Closed Sunday 19th April)

 

Frequent readers of my blog will know that 2019 was most definitely the year of the Nautilus for me. 

From learning how to create these extraordinary shells, to researching their history (I haven’t finished that yet!) and creating this hat, it’s certainly been a “journey”.

However, it feels wonderfully apt that this part of the story, that started at London Hat Week 2018, should finish right back where it started.

Click here to read the full blog series to date.

Image: Mark Howe

Beaded Nautilus Hat by Imogen's Imagination

In addition to the exhibition, X Terrace are also hosting a pop up shop where participating milliners can sell their designs. Many of the exhibition hats are for sale, however this shop will showcase the further talents and expertise of the exhibition milliners, at dare I say it, non-exhibition prices!

Sadly, my exhibition hat isn’t for sale. I simply couldn’t put a price on it! I suspect you may spot a familiar theme for my choice of hat for the pop up shop though. 

I shall be in London for part of the festivities and I can’t wait. So far on my itinerary are two launch parties, two talks, a possible trip to Luton, some serious supplies shopping and potentially even a catch up with some family. It’s going to be a VERY busy five days for me! 

If you are visiting London at this time, I hope you will make time to visit the exhibition which promises to be a hat lovers delight. It goes without saying that I will be making a very special visit to see my hat on display too!

Open Studios at Exchange Place

Imogen's Imagination Open Studios 2019
Imogen's Imagination Open Studios 2019

Open Studios is always the annual highlight of the year at Exchange Place Studios.

Ever wondered what artists get up to in their creative spaces? 

Our Open Studios event is a rare opportunity to find out!

Naturally, my studio on the 5th Floor will be open for you to visit. This is your chance to see where I spend my days working, and catch me doing some demonstrations too…every day is a work day!

This is the perfect chance to come and play with hats as I will have a full display set up. There will be some new designs, as well as firm favourites. 

This will be my only event before Christmas and my card reader will be primed to allow you to start your gift shopping!

If you want to start your wish list, you can see all designs in stock here.

Visitors can venture inside both the Yorkshire Artspace Sheffield City Centre buildings and see over 100 artists and makers from over 30 different disciplines at work. There really is something for everyone!

Open Studios is a chance to catch a glimpse into the creative process, chat with the artists and makers and even buy work direct from the space it comes to life in.

There will also be a chance to view the Painterly Exchange exhibition at Exchange Place during Open Studios.

If you fancy getting creative, there will also be the opportunity to take part in free painting workshops during the weekend.

Need to refuel?  Local cafe Albie’s will serving coffee and cake on site too!

Yprkshire Artspace Open Studios 2019

If you would like a sneaky peek at what you can expect to see during the weekend, check out the fab video from Yorkshire Artspace…you may spot a familiar face!

When I agreed to be filmed, I didn’t know that the footage would be used in a separate project.

Imagine my shock (one dark, rainy and very late Friday night) on seeing images of myself being projected onto the side of the studio!

However, it was a huge honour to be featured as part of the Making Masterpieces project in conjunction with the Big Draw Mural.

Over 300 people took part in creating the mural and you can see it next to Exchange Place studios.

Imogen's Imagination Making Masterpieces

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November

11am – 5pm

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR – Find me on Floor 5

Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, S1 2BS

Facebook Event

Pop Up Shop Now Open

Pop Up Shop Now Open 2

Pop Up Shop Now Open 2Imogen’s Imagination is now OPEN at the Winter Garden Pop Up Shop!

The shop will be open daily until 30th of June so this is the perfect time to choose your essential accessory for a summer wedding, although I’m afraid you may be cutting it a little fine for a last minute Ascot hat!

In addition to all your favourite designs from my range of hair accessories, I will also have a new collection of ready to wear hats and fascinators. These designs combine classic millinery techniques with modern twists. Each of the new pieces are wonderfully suited to provide inspiration for your own bespoke order.

 

 

Pop Up Shop Now Open 3

The space is full with all the exciting new designs I have created, and I will be adding more whilst I sew in the shop. In addition to showing off my new creations, I’ll be on hand to help you explore your millinery desires. Whether you want to try new shapes or revive a much loved hat, I’ll be on hand to offer advice about choosing the right headwear for you.

As the only dedicated hat shop in the city centre, I very much look forward to welcoming you to this unique shopping experience.

I’ll be posting updates via the Facebook Event so if you have any questions, please do feel free to ask them there or drop me an email!

 

Pop Up Shop Now Open 1Opening Times 

Monday – Friday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – 10am – 5.30pm

Sunday – 11am – 4pm

Exception: Sunday 30th June: 11am – 2pm

 

Winter Garden Pop Up Shop, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH