Fas­ci­nat­ing hobby turns heads

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH RACES -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

HAT’S THAT: Jas­mine Camps makes fas­ci­na­tors for women head­ing to this week’s Gayn­dah races.

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