Art comes to life at the reef fes­ti­val

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WEAR­ABLE art is a grow­ing world­wide phe­nom­e­non and the Whit­sun­days have their very own wear­able art fash­ion pa­rade each year as part of the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val from Au­gust 5-14.

De­scribed as “the painted can­vas come to life”, wear­able art can be sewn, con­structed, glued, painted, col­laged, riv­eted, wo­ven and knit­ted – and just about any­thing else your imag­i­na­tion dreams up!

In the Whit­sun­days, lack of imag­i­na­tion is cer­tainly not a prob­lem, with last year’s en­tries a kalei­do­scope of colour­ful rib­bons, stream­ers and tin­sel, with every­thing from clocks to news­pa­pers in­cor­po­rated into the out­fits.

The theme this year is “Find­ing the Reef”, which can be in­ter­preted in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways, and the Wil­mar Wear­able Art Pa­rade and judg­ing will take place on Satur­day, Au­gust 13, on the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

“Ev­ery year the en­trants never fail to amaze me with their in­ge­nu­ity,” fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Margie Mur­phy said.

“Out­fits can be made from met­als, re­cy­cled ob­jects, silk, rub­ber, nat­u­ral fi­bres or in­dus­trial off cuts – there re­ally is no limit to what you can cre­ate and the ma­te­ri­als you can use to make it.

“The main thing is to start early, as most en­trants find there are al­ways tweaks and ad­just­ments to do as they ap­proach the big day of the com­pe­ti­tion, which is keenly con­tested, and with school hol­i­days com­ing up, it is the per­fect time to start on your out­fit.”

Now in its 16th year, the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val show­cases the beauty and splen­dour of the Great Bar­rier Reef and cel­e­brates what it means to live in the “Heart of the Reef” in Air­lie Beach.

The 10-day en­ter­tain­ment ex­trav­a­ganza in­cludes fire­works, car­ni­val rides, live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, a street pa­rade, clas­sic car show, re­cy­clable craft re­gatta, com­edy gala, fam­ily fun day, mar­kets, reef art in­stal­la­tions, sand sculpt­ing, he­li­copter joy flights and starlight movies.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­ or fol­low the fes­ti­val on Face­book.

ARTY: Some of the wear­able art at the Reef Fes­ti­val.

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