Metta Henderson has been creating hats and fashion garments for most of her life.

Starting out learning to sew on her mothers lap with their prized hand driven sewing machine, she has since gained a Diploma in Applied Fashion Design & Technology at Hunter Institute of TAFE NSW, Australia as well as recently recieving Distinctions in Millinery plus Certificates in Small Buisness Management & Web Page design & Maintainence.

When she was a young girl, she had the job of turning the sewing machine wheel and watched her mother work magic, as she constructed garments for all the family on a  tight budget. Together they poured over "Mode", the fashion magazine sent out from Holland by her aunties, using the well worn pattern book, to draw up the small scale designs, turning them into beautifully fitting garments in a range of sizes. 

By her teenage years she was designing and constructing formal and casual wear, not only for herself, but for family and friends. She spent many hours by her beloved machine dreaming, imagining, designing, sewing.

Travel took over for some years. Heading to Europe to visit family and on to North Africa where she took in the beauty of new cultures, colours, fashion! During her stay in Morocco she discovered the markets of Marrakesh.The dye bathes had a major impact on her, as did the brilliant colours and beautiful fibres and fabrics. Her friend Lagia dyed her hair from blonde to deep red. They gave her a new name - Malika. A Moroccan princess. She was continually drawing inspiration from the world around her.

Upon returning to Australia, Metta married and has 4 beautiful children. She became engulfed in music, playing drums and guitar plus became uniform and hat maker for the local school children. For many years she sold her and her husbands work at

Arts & Crafts Markets both locally and travelling throughout NSW as well as supplying a millinery shop in Newcastle Australia. Currently you can find her at the Sacred Tree Markets on Nelson Bay Marina, Port Stephens.More recently, she  returned to study for 8 & a half years, completing her Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology, 

plus IT and Millinery, Small Buisness Management & Web Page Design & Maintainence, and is currently settling in to her new work rooms and studio.

 Metta has been invited to display her millinery & woodwork as the featured Artist at NelsonBay Arts Centre. The Exhibition runs from 9th August to the 5th September 2017.