Wearable art win an ac­ci­dent

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

WHEN Mag­netic Is­land park ranger Tom Ralph was con­vinced to en­ter the World of Wearable Art de­sign com­pe­ti­tion at Perc Tucker Re­gional Gallery, he didn’t ex­pect to win a trip to New Zealand.

The gallery ran the com­pe­ti­tion as part of its World of Wearable ex­hi­bi­tion, with visi- tors cre­at­ing their own mini­gar­ment on pa­per man­nequins.

Mr Ralph’s de­sign was picked as the best of more than 1000 en­tries, but he said he didn’t con­sider him­self par­tic­u­larly cre­ative.

“I came in to meet my girl­friend and a cou­ple of her mates and they were at the ta­ble mak­ing the lit­tle man­nequins and I had no in­ten­tion of do­ing it but sat down and made one,” he said. “It was sort of what was left on the ta­ble.”

His pa­per crea­ture was enough to win him a flight to New Zealand, ac­com­mo­da­tion and tick­ets to the World at Wearable Art award show in Welling­ton in Septem­ber.

Judge Felic­ity Mount­ford said Mr Ralph’s piece had a sense of move­ment.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

MOVE­MENT: WOW minia­ture fash­ion de­sign win­ner Tom Ralph with his ‘ mov­ing’ win­ning en­try.

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