Pea Cooper is an award winning milliner and bespoke hat maker who studied Millinery at Kensington & Chelsea College, London. After graduating in 2006 she became assistant to Richard Nylon in Melbourne. Richard is Australia’s most famous milliner and while here Pea made hats for Melbourne Fashion Week and racing events like the Gold Cup.
On returning to Scotland Pea started her own business designing and making her ‘Quirky but Wearable’ bespoke hats that are always inspired by her love of Vintage clothing. As one of the very few fully trained milliners in Scotland Pea has the skills to make any kind of hat and frequently says she can make a hat out of anything!
Her business has now evolved into many things from Business Mentoring to facilitating workshops throughout schools and museums in Scotland. She is passionate about Traditional Craft and skill sharing in a bid to keep the art of millinery alive.
2006- Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Art Trust Awardee
2009- International Milliner of the Year Nominee
2009- Designer for Ecua Andino Panama Hat Company, Ecuador
2010- Exhibition of my work Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2010- Successful participant of Starter for 6 (Formally NESTA)
2011- Exhibited with Scotland Redesigned at ICA London
2011- Scottish Fashion Awards ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ Nominee
2012- Fashion Foundry participant
2013- Collaborated with Harris Tweed to make hats for their permanent exhibition on the Isle of Harris
2013- Collaborated with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the end of year ballet.
2013- Won Inches Carr Award for Traditional Craft in Scotland
2014- Exhibition of my work at The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2014- Artist in Residence Doon Academy, Ayrshire
2015- Participant InCube Business incubator
2016- Exhibited my work with Scotland Redesigned at Paisley Abbey
2016- Exhibition of my work Gayfield Gallery, Edinburgh
2016-17 Facilitated a six month schools Bonnet Making Project with the V&A Museum Dundee
2017- Artist in Residence Loudon Academy, Ayrshire.