Thursday, 28 September 2017

A wearable art garment is in the making, travelling the country with artists contributing to the creation as it makes its way to Western Australia’s 2018 Wearable Art Mandurah event.

Wearable Art Whispers is a progressive wearable art garment, facilitated by artist Anzara Clark, as part of the City of Mandurah’s annual wearable art event.

The Whispers project has engaged six artists to collaborate on the unique creation of a wearable art garment.

A selection of experienced, Australia-based artists, with diverse backgrounds and practices, have been selected. The garment will continue to evolve with each artist adding their personal touch. The project’s journey is:

  • Sorrento, Western Australia – wearable art lecturer and artist Jodie Davidson brings her experience to the project.
  • Alice Springs, Northern Territory – Carmel Ryan’s experience as a dressmaker, costume designer and wearable artist will bring wealth to the creation.
  • Adelaide, South Australia – artist Cheryl Bridgart brings her practice of contemporary embroidery and textiles, both figurative and decorative, to the collaborative piece.
  • Palmerston, Northern Territory – artist Bronwyn Packwood is inspired to collaborate with the creative team and brings to the project her recent experience as a finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah competitions.
  • Wilmot, Tasmania – Stephanie Reynolds will share her passion for textiles, unconventional materials and love of wearable art through her contribution.
  • City Beach, Western Australia – textile artist Sue Girak will impart her desire for sustainable creative practice with her artistic skills to complete the garment.

Between now and April 2018, the Wearable Art Whispers progressive garment will travel around Australia, from artist to artist, slowly evolving as each artist adds her own creative contribution to the garment.

The finished garment will be an exhibition piece at the Wearable Art Mandurah showcase, to be held in Mandurah in June next year.

This year’s theme ‘Skrydstrup Woman’ promises to be richly inspiring, presenting a wealth of opportunities for artistic interpretations of the life and character of the beautifully preserved Danish Bronze Age body unearthed in Skrydstrup.

The theme offers the artists an opportunity to explore and share the highly developed textile techniques, processes and imagery that existed in Bronze Age Europe, and later spread widely to other cultures through trade and migration. The theme has sparked the textile artists’ interest in techniques and processes from other cultures and periods in history, allowing the adaption creatively for wearable art.

The project provides an opportunity for the artists to have fun collaborating and learning from each other. They also connect and collaborate with other nation-wide wearable art artists, grow the wearable arts community, and enhance its artistic reputation.

Wearable Art Mandurah was introduced in 2011 as part of the Stretch Arts Festival. Since then the event has grown from a small designer show featuring 18 garments to become a major event attracting local, national and international creatives, culminating in a full length theatrical showcase and exhibition.

The competition is described as extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body and crosses many disciplines including textile art, sculpture, and construction and involves many skill levels.

Entries are now open for the 2018 competition. For information visit