Art­ful out­fit to make state­ment

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Eu­gene Smal­berger from Bod­ding­ton has de­signed an out­fit ti­tled What’s Your Num­ber which will be dis­played at the Man­durah Wear­able Art Show­case next month.

Smal­berger riv­eted num­ber plates onto a bird-wire cage, at­tached cat­tle tags to a bra, glued com­puter key blocks to strap­ping which hold up the dress and made a crown of chil­dren’s num­bered play blocks.

“Trav­el­ling the world and be­ing an im­mi­grant in a new coun­try I re­alised how over­whelm­ing num­bers have be­come in the mod­ern era,” she said.

“Most places you go, you are just a num­ber walk­ing in the door; how many times a day does some­one ask you “what’s your num­ber?”

“Li­cence, Medi­care, car reg­is­tra­tion, mobile, ad­dress — this piece sym­bol­ises how caged in and tied up we are with num­bers in our ev­ery­day life.”

The Man­durah show­case has had a huge in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent times, with a 30 per cent year-on-year growth in the num­ber of en­tries and cos­tumes be­ing en­tered from Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional artists.

When the show­case was first held in 2011 it at­tracted 13 en­tries, and this year there were 114 en­tries and 40 fi­nal­ists.

Af­ter last year’s show­case was a sell-out the City of Man­durah ex­tended the run to two shows, on June 10 and 11.

For tick­ets go to wear­ableart man­durah.com/show­case.

Pic­ture: El­lie Borg­ward

Eu­gene Smal­berger, from Bod­ding­ton, with her en­try.

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