The first in a series of posts on the friends and sponsors who support us and help make the weekend extra enjoyable for all of us.
Firstly, let us introduce Foundations Revealed and the ladies behind it.
Foundations Revealed (and it's sister costume publication Your Wardrobe Unlock'd) is an online subscription publication offering an unprecedented number of tutorials and studies of the world of foundations, predominantly corsetry, through history up to the present day. Although the nature of the material means a strong focus on late Victorian and Edwardian corsets, the remit is far wider. With a huge pool of writers and a massive archive or articles it's a vital resource for any serious makers.
All of us on the team have known Cathy Hay, who runs Harman Hay (publisher of Foundations Revealed) for a number of years. Personally, I'd reckon about a decade, from the old days of the Live Journal corsetry and corsetmaking communities up to the present day. The plans and discussions for FR and it's older sister publication 'Your Wardrobe Unlock'd' were revealed and thrashed out on Cathy's Live Journal page where many of it's original subscribers came from.
Cathy approached Julia several years ago to pick her brains about a possible conference idea, but decided it wasn't for her. Julia, with her background in conference management, had been mulling the idea over with a couple of us for a while, so decided then to go for it but in a very different format. Cathy has expressed her 'genuine enthusiasm' for the event and has been generous with her praise and congratulations as well as being a sponsor for the last three years.
As well as Foundations Revealed being a sponsor since the first year, Cathy attended the second and third events. In 2015 editor Marion McNealy was also able to join us.
In year two Cathy also gave an inspiring talk. And has been a keen participator in the workshops from the delegate side, always ready with a question and some input. She has recently been running a business mentorship course, her first group of clients including quite a few of our regular conference attendees.
It was lovely to see Foundations Revealed editor Marion McNealy able to attend the conference this year. I'd met Marion once before, at a Foundations organised visit to the Symingtons Collection in Coalville (where I first met Julia in person incidentally!), and have of course corresponded with her in the past about articles. Marion is an expert researcher and fount of historical knowledge. I do hope she was able to chat to some potential new writers for Foundations Revealed while at the conference.
So we thank Foundations Revealed for their continuing support. As Cathy has said herself, our two organisations complement each other. Foundations through continued learning through online tutorials and studies from makers of all levels from beginners to expert, and it's strong focus on historical corsetry and costume. And ourselves, with our ethos of bringing in well known and respected experts to add to our pool of knowledge while fostering sharing and learning from each other, with a focus on pushing innovation and corsetry in contemporary and future fashion. Long may the partnership continue,