Fascinating hobby turns heads
FASCINATORS – incredible confections of feathers, lace and bows – will be first past the post at this week’s Fashions on the Field.
Jasmine Camps will dress the heads of Gayndah women in the vibrant colours of spring, as her fascination with the fascinator takes off.
“All my orders are a lot of blues and pastels and purples,” Ms Camps said.
“They normally send me a photo or they’ll send me a picture of their dress and then I give them some ideas.
“Some take half a day, others take more than a day to make.”
The fascinators are made from sinamay, which is woven from the processed stalks of the abaca tree, a banana palm native to the Philippines.
“It’s very fiddly and time consuming; you need to be patient,” she said.
“It’s also fun to muck around with little lace bits and pieces.
“People I’ve been making them for seem to really love that, so I try and include it as much as possible.”
Her own fascinator, a “really elegant but simplistic” bow offset with flowers and lace, may lead her to another win.
“I’ve always been artistic,” Ms Camps said.
“A few years back I went to races where my parents were and saw them (fascinators).
“I thought I’d make one and at the next races, where I’d made one, I won Fashions on the Field.”
Since her triumph earlier this year, Ms Camps has completed about 12 commissions and has more in progress for this week’s Gayndah races.
HAT’S THAT: Jasmine Camps makes fascinators for women heading to this week’s Gayndah races.