Wednesday, March 25, 2015

RAVENSTHORPE’S 2015 WEARABLE ART PROJECT


A VERY SPECIAL PROJECT IS COMING SOON AND YOU CAN BE PART OF IT!

The Ravensthorpe District Art Group invites you to create a Wearable Art piece inspired by our natural environment.

This is the perfect opportunity for textile artists, craftspeople, students and anyone with a love of textile art and creativity to show what they can do!

The creations will be displayed at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show Gala Dinner on 19 September 2015, on Manikins or modeled in the Gala Parade.

What is Wearable Art?

The wearable art movement made a statement in both the fashion and art industries in the mid-1900s and despite being hard to define; wearable art is still very popular today. The term can be applied to anything that can be worn including jewellery, clothing, bags, and hats. It is a very creative field which expresses the wearer's personality and values around colour, design, spontaneity, politics, culture and sense of joy.

Wearable Art might reflect cultural heritage, a commitment to sustainability, functionality, personal narratives, a wish to build community and change lives or it may simply be a piece of artful whimsy aimed at bringing some light hearted fun to the day. As a result most of the pieces, whether they are jewellery, fabric, felt or leather work will usually be unique pieces worn by the wearer as a focal point rather than as an accessory.

Wearable art can be wild and experimental or simple. It often represents the artists wish to push past their own technical and aesthetic boundaries in the materials and techniques they use to create something different that is still beautiful and wearable.

So get your thinking caps on now! Outfits can be any interpretation of the theme (Our Natural Environment) as long as they are primarily (more than 50%) textile material, and group entries are accepted as well.

Examples of Wearable Art are readily available on the web if you are looking for inspiration.  Entries can be a full costume or article of clothing or decorative piece such as shoulder pads or a cape. 

To assist with this project the Ravensthorpe District Art Group has received support from the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council to run some workshops during the year covering techniques that may be of use.

The first workshop “Fun with Felt” will be held over the weekend of 9 and 10 of May. Albany Felter, Lynley Campbell, will show how to make and embellish felt and participants will create their own bodice piece or cuffs.  Numbers for this workshop are limited so please contact Jen Chambers on 0429 381018 if you are interested. 

Entry forms for the 2015 Wearable Art Exhibition will be available soon at local outlets and more information will be in the next paper.
 
 

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