Would you like to enter Wearable Art Mandurah in 2018? I have loved being a part of this competition over the past four years. I’ve made lots of great friendships in this wonderful community of designers, and there are many many opportunities to have your work shown. Along with making my own garment for the 2018 competition, I am running a five month long – one day per month program WAFTA @ Wearable Art 2018 starting 30th September. This program is designed to help you step-by-step through the processes and challenges to create and enter your work in the upcoming 2018 competition. I’m going to share my successes and my disasters! We will cover:
- Concept development
- Material choices
- Tips and techniques
- Judging criteria
- Mentoring and instruction
- Pre-selection photography
- Artist statements
Suitable for Beginners, Tertiary Students, Groups (1 or 2 people) and Individuals.
It’s going to be loads of fun! I hope you can join us, places are filling fast!
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Firstly a transformation of the studio into boudoir for our friends from Sydney for a long weekend. It’s amazing what you find when you have a good clean up…
Five lovely days including an unheard of visit to the beach on a Monday morning…what an extravagance. The beach and weather stunning – it was meant to be 🙂
Then the submission of my 2017 entry for Wearable Art Mandurah WAM. The work has been finished for a while, photos taken, but pressing that “submit” button…it’s when you let go of your work.
On Saturday I gave a talk to the WAFTA WASG (Wearable Art Study Group) about my journey and experiences over the past 4 years making wearable art followed by a mini workshop.A simple way to start making Wearable Art – Discover the possibilities of upcycling your recycling bin!
Participants worked directly on dress forms, playing with recycled materials. Using pins, staples and masking tape to speed up the process.
It’s always interesting to see a garment develop on a body shape. You can do lots of drawings and designs, but when you place the items on a body form it comes to life.
All the participants made wonderful and unique starts to wearable art garments, including two 10 year old girls present by default. I could see the start of some wonderful garments for the 2018 WAM competition!
The workshop reminded me that I really enjoy teaching, something that I have been pushing aside for a long time.
A much needed overnight break away last weekend was welcome relief in our current, very busy life. We went to visit our son Josh Wells who is Artist in Residence at Beverley Station Arts in the beautifully restored 130 year old Station Masters House, now Artist-in Residence accommodation and gallery. Josh has an exhibition and a photography workshop scheduled among his time here to focus on new works….both writing and photography. I’m really excited to see what comes from this residency. If this photo (taken by the owner of the field and Beverley Station Arts committee member) is an indication…The vibrant and friendly community was out in force on the weekend at the Agricultural Show. I love a country show, the exhibition hall…love these children’s exhibits. the animals…the chooks!
Pattern, texture, design…all in a lovable pet.
Last week I received this comment on my blog…
“I was browsing through google images for screen print textures and I fell in
love with yours! I was wondering if you’ll grant me permission and allow me
to incorporate one your photos above in a personal project of mine…”
Firstly, I really appreciate that she asked for my permission to use the image. When I found out a little more about her project I was delighted to see what she was doing and happy for her to go ahead.
Sabrina Lam is from British Columbia, Canada and is a second year Communication Design student at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Here is Sabina’s completed album cover design.
My original image below is one of the samples I made in The Colour Project I stamped a rubber mat directly onto hand dyed fabric.
Another of my colour samples was used with permission on this book cover. It still amazes me how people randomly find the images through google…
I love how The Colour Project continues to live on. The project was a year long investigation into “textile techniques” where I made a small sample of work everyday in 2012. Each month I chose a different colour for the samples. The result for me, was that it got all the techniques I was wanting to try “out of my system”. I no longer have the need nor desire to purchase or try everything textile wise that is out there and it’s a great reference source.
I am delighted it has also inspired others to do their own version of a project like this… A friend of mine is currently exploring circles…The make something everyday idea is not mine, it’s stolen and adapted from many other sources such as a photograph a day, a quilt block a week etc…Simply a way to get working…small chunks at a time. Austin Kleon describes it here Say something small every day. My suggestion would be to chose something specific, reducing the decisions you need to make each day to get started. I committed to a colour each month, I also followed techniques and themes such as hand embroidery stitches, natural dyeing, recycling, soy wax, paper folding…
I hope you give it a go, and if you do, I’d love to hear from you!
A close up look at the works of others recently has made me go WOW!
I was on roster at the Common Threads Wearable Art display at the Craft Fair recently, in the early morning quiet I took the opportunity to photograph some of the works in detail. These works looked spectacular on stage, this was the chance to see some of them up close, the techniques, construction methods, how they attach to the body…
Elizabeth Morley’s Satori above and belowJacq Chorlton’s A Dress to Im’press – made from flattened plastic bottle topsCapillary Action by Val Hornibrook – layers of feltingThe Secret Garden by winner of the Youth Award Catherine KellyHope Lights the Way by Julie Smith
At the Quilt and Textile Study Group was privileged to see and touch Cynthia Harvey Baker’s collection of textiles from South Africa, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan…Embroidery, batik, print, appliqué, patchwork, ikat weaving…
Most had stories of their history, purpose, technique and how they came to be in Cynthia’s possession.
I was taken by the detail. The simple stitch, the design, the colour combinations. Some were exquisite in the fine detail, others using simple stitch to create lovely patterns and designs.Tiny stitches below had us all guessing if this was really made by hand…Yes!