Cre­ate, wear and wow

Wear­able art awards now open

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

AT A loose end th­ese school hol­i­days?

Why not be­gin a cre­ation for con­sid­er­a­tion in the Wil­mar Wear­able Art Awards at this year’s Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val?

Wear­able art is grow­ing into a world­wide phe­nom­e­non and the an­nual Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val Wear­able Art Awards is a pop­u­lar fun event with both stu­dents and adults. Par­tic­i­pants of all ages love this unique art form and cre­ate colour­ful and in­no­va­tive gar­ments from in­ter­est­ing and un­likely ma­te­ri­als.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the event Kirsten Oren­shaw said the school hol­i­days pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to get cre­ative ahead of the Reef Fes­ti­val be­gin­ning on Au­gust 3.

Ms Oren­shaw sug­gested the best way to ap­proach the awards was to find a ma­te­rial to work with first and base your de­sign around the pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­i­ta­tions of your cho­sen medium. “Get as much as you can and ex­per­i­ment and ma­nip­u­late the ma­te­rial. De-con­struct it and re­con­struct it it and think about how it can be joined to­gether,” she said.

“And I say to all my stu­dents, ‘the body doest have to fit the art’, the body is the ve­hi­cle to dis­play a three di­men­sional sculp­ture.”

Still stumped for in­spi­ra­tion or yet to see what is pos­si­ble? Ms Oren­shaw en­cour­aged artists to visit the World of Wear­ableart web­site which which can be found at www.world­ofwear­ableart.com.

This year the theme of the awards is “accessorise” for artists who wish to cre­ate a col­lec­tion of ac­ces­sories to ac­com­pany their main cre­ation. As al­ways a reef preser­va­tion theme, which en­cour­ages the use of re­cy­cled ma­te­rial is an un­der­ly­ing theme.

On offer through en­try in the awards is the chance to be se­lected for the apex Awards in Townsville and even the Ekka in Bris­bane.

Ms Oren­shaw stressed the awards were a friendly com­pe­ti­tion which of­fered the shar­ing of ideas with like-minded peo­ple.

“It’s a re­ally friendly com­pe­ti­tion and the com­pet­i­tive side is not our fo­cus, it is more about the shar­ing of ideas and cre­ativ­ity,” she said.

“Don't be afraid you will be judged, come along and share with a like mined wear­able art com­mu­nity.”

To en­ter head to the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val web­site, and down­load the en­try form to get in­volved.

PHOTO: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON / VAMPP PHOTOGRAPHY

ART AT­TACK: En­trants in last year's Wil­mar Sugar Wear­able Art com­pe­ti­tion.

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