She told me this career actually had a funny start... while helping her daughter at a craft stall she made a paper flower from a travel magazine. A woman came along and wanted to buy it, so she made more in different colors and started experimenting with sheet music, pianola rolls and atlases, as well as paper that she painted by hand.
"Horse racing in Australia is very well-known around the world for ladies' fashion, especially the Melbourne Cup held in November. Women wear their most stylish outfits and I've made many hats for this racing event."
The sharp creases in this black headpiece make it especially dramatic.
This rustic flower crown is almost demure in comparison.
Softly sculpted yellow paper is a subtle vision of loveliness, while bold black and white calla lilies are attention-getters too.
Locals can choose from a selection of Mandy's designs at The Essential Hat, a millinery shop in Melbourne. She accepts commissions and teaches Paper Couture workshops. In fact, Mandy has generously offered to respond if you are looking for paper artistry tips.
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