MANDURAH milliner Holly Barker is through to the finals in the National AusMumpreneur Awards.
She is a finalist in the Business Excellence and Handmade Business categories.
The AusMumpreneur Awards celebrate and recognise Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation.
The awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family.
Mrs Barker runs Holly Barker Millinery and is wife to Pasquale and mother to Allegra (4).
A couture bridal gown and headpiece designer, Mrs Barker was thrilled to make the finals. She makes unique headpieces from materials sourced from around the world.
She trained at WA’s prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in costume and millinery.
After working at a couture bridal house for five years, Mrs Barker decided to start her own business creating custom bridal headpieces and bespoke millinery.
Her intricate work gained international exposure at Asia’s biggest fashion trade event, the Hong Kong Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2015 season.
“I especially love creating heirloom pieces for women to cherish long after their wedding day and pass down to generations to come,” she said.
There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood, according to Mrs Barker.
“I wanted the flexibility to start a family and work from home, on my terms,” she said.
“It can be challenging to be a successful business woman while raising a family.
“I took for granted all the hats you have to wear, running your own business.
“It is hard work and it takes dedication and perseverance, but if you love what you do, it’s so worth it.
Mrs Barker said she loved her work.
“It’s a passion, not a job and I couldn’t have that personal satisfaction working for someone else,” she said.
“My advice – surround yourself with people who believe in you and give it a red hot go.”
The AusMumpreneur Award winners will be announced at Melbourne Crown Casino on August 14.