My walk to Geeveston to watch the filming gave me the opportunity to take photographs not only of the Rosehaven shooting but also a couple of local businesses operated by people I know. I thought it would be fun to share them here.
Makers on Church Street is one of my favourite shops in Geeveston. It is a cooperative where several creative people rent space to run their businesses. Majestic Rythmics is one of these and is run by my friend Nicola Oliver who moved to Tasmania from Queensland just a few years ago.
Nicola makes training outfits, uniforms and costumes for gymnasts, dancers, skaters and even circus performers assisted by her mum Deirdre who helps with cutting and sewing and her partner Dave who helped fit out the shop and does many of the jobs that need to be done in a small business. Nicola also teaches Rythmic Gymnastics in her spare time and coaches the Tasmanian state team .
When you visit Nicola’s shop in Geeveston you will see the most beautiful display of costumes. Here you can see some of Nicola’s work which I photographed in her shop.
Whenever I drop in to see them Nicola and Deirdre are busy cutting and sewing. It must take incredible patience to do the “blinging” with sequins and other shiny bits and pieces which Nicola does by hand. She will also turn her hand to making a fairy costume for a little girl or a smart outfit for a circus ringmaster.
Here are a couple more of Nicola’s creations. I love these wings. I am sure fairies would be queuing up for these if they came in miniature.
If you are wondering what Rythmic Gymnastics is exactly here is a quote from the website tas.gymnastics.org.au:
Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skilful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch.
It is an Olympic event for women last held in Rio in 2016.
I’ve included some links at the end of this post if you would like to learn more.
Nicola sends orders all over Australia and overseas, frequently to New Zealand where her daughter Kez lives. Keziah Oliver competes in Rythmic Gymnastics and represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she attended the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria and proud mum Nicola went along as her coach, and supplied the costumes of course. Currently Kez is training for selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I’ve included a clip I found of her on YouTube