In­spir­ing de­signs

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Be­nalla’s Mag­gie Hollins is one of the stars of the El­e­ments of Indigo art-to-artwear pro­ject on dis­play at Beech­worth Town Hall.

Mag­gie’s de­signs of­fer a dis­tinc­tive take on the Beech­worth Arts Coun­cil’s Spring 2018 pro­ject — to de­sign a navel-to-knees gar­ment that ex­pressed con­nec­tion to Indigo Shire in a way sim­i­lar to how the Celts use tar­tan.

Arts Coun­cil pres­i­dent Jamie Kron­borg said the cre­ative idea stemmed from the tra­di­tion that forms and styles of cloth­ing through­out his­tory have evolved to iden­tify a peo­ple’s tribe, clan, com­mu­nity, place, cul­ture and even coun­try.

‘‘In this pro­ject par­tic­i­pat­ing artists were en­cour­aged to tease apart the idea and tra­di­tion of tar­tan and re-work it to iden­tify the com­mu­ni­ties of Indigo,’’ Mr Kron­borg said.

The two-phase brief — a vis­ual de­sign fol­lowed by a fin­ished gar­ment in­ter­pret­ing the form of a kilt — asked en­trants to de­pict or ex­press ‘‘el­e­ments of Indigo’’, in­clud­ing its sky, land­scapes, colours, sea­sons, ge­ol­ogy, to­pog­ra­phy, plants, crops, an­i­mals, birds, and other in­spi­ra­tions.

‘‘A kilt is a tra­di­tional skirt that cov­ers from navel to knees and has a deep his­tory in Gaelic, Norse, Mediter­ranean, Tar­tar and First Peo­ples’ cul­tures,’’ Mr Kron­borg said.

Ms Hollins used a re-pur­posed woollen blan­ket as the base for her work.

‘‘The choice of ma­te­ri­als has been de­lib­er­ate,’’ she said.

‘‘It was dyed with com­mer­cial indigo dye. Indigofera aus­tralis is a plant that grows in Indigo Shire and the First Peo­ples of this place used the flower of this plant to pro­duce a blue dye.

‘‘I want the viewer to re­mem­ber their own blan­ket, how it felt safe and warm when it sur­rounded them.

‘‘To high­light the land­scape’s beauty I lay­ered the base tex­tile with veg­e­ta­tion.

‘‘When heated pig­ments are drawn out of the plants and leave marks on the ma­te­rial.’’

The five in­ter­pre­ta­tions of El­e­ments of Indigo will be ex­hib­ited in Beech­worth Town Hall un­til Novem­ber 25.

Proud: Be­nalla’s Mag­gie Hollins with her con­tri­bu­tion to the El­e­ments of Indigo art-to-artwear pro­ject, which is on dis­play at the Beech­worth Town Hall.

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