Aylwen is an expert historical costumier, experienced dancer and professional administrator.
As a costumier she has studied at home and abroad for many years and her expertise is now sought after by people all around the world. She has made most of the costumes worn for performance by the Earthly Delights musicians and dancers and assisted many others in our academy's scene in the making of theirs. She has also taken commissions from far and wide for the making of dress items of all eras. In September 2013 she is leading a historic costume & dance tour of England.
As a dancer she has been part of all of Earthly Delights's dances teaching series, ball series and dance display groups. She has also been for many years the display partner and teaching assistant of her husband John Gardiner-Garden, including most recently on their 2011 8-week 20-engagement around the world dance tour and their 2012 3-week tour of Italy and Germany.
As a tour organiser Aylwen has organised three 35-piece performing tours to Queensland and New South Wales, an 8-week tour across the US, UK and Denmark in 2011, a 3-week tour to Switzerland, Italy and Germany in 2012 and is currently taking bookings for a tour to England in September 2013.
As an Events Manager she has organised nearly 1,000 classes, dances and balls over the 16 years she's been Earthly Delights administrative co-ordinator, twice organised large performing tours to Queensland, directed the annual Jane Austen Festival Australia for 6 years in a row, and organised a 2 month long around world performance and research dance and costume tour for John, herself and family in 2011. See other pages for glimpse of past and upcoming series and events she's been involved with organising.
Here's Aylwen snapped with husband John: