Silver Chain clients explore dementia for Wearable Art Mandurah

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Caring for people living with Dementia can be very challenging, especially as their needs change over time.

Silver Chain's Wearable Art Mandurah entry, 'I'm Still Me', shines a light on the changes an individual living with dementia goes through.

Silver Chain Social Centre Co-ordinator Mandy Holmshaw said the garment is an interpretation of the human brain.

“Bright lights imitate brain neurons working to capacity that slowly fade, mimicking the degeneration of brain cells caused by dementia,” Mandy said.

“The garment highlights the transformation from an independent individual to a person dependent on others, who despite their condition still wants to be loved as the person they were before their diagnosis.

“Dementia effects more than 420,000 Australian lives every day, including many of our clients. We hope our garment helps raise awareness about the condition.”

Mayor Rhys Williams explained that Wearable Art Mandurah was more than a competition, building capacity through workshops, showcase events and exhibitions.

“It's exciting to see the Wearable Art Mandurah competition keep growing and evolving. The Showcase is an absolute show-stopper is definitely not to be missed,” he said.

“The competition doesn't only recognise and encourage the artists. There are many opportunities along the way for the community to join in, making us stronger and more connected.”

The high-voltage Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase returns this weekend, June 9 and 10, to dazzle audiences with a spectacular performance featuring music, theatre and dance, creating an unforgettable experience.

If you love theatrical performances but have trouble hearing or seeing, Sunday's matinee performance offers accessible audio descriptions, tactile experiences and a behind-the-scenes meet and greet with the designers.

For information about the competition and to book tickets, visit www.wearableartmandurah.com.