This garment was made for the Farmer's Armour Art to Wear exhibition as part of Cross Pollination at the
Colac Otway Perrforming Arts & Cultural Centre Art to Wear exhibition which was held from 6-14 July 2013.
Cross Pollination was a partnership between COPACC and RRTAG celebrating all things textile and fibre.
The convenor was Cayley Robinson.
Hidden Beauty was then sent to Perth Western Australia for exhibition in the Craft Show from 4-6 August 2013.
The Convenor was Jennie Abbott.
The hidden beauty is to be found both in the farmer and the farm.
As she changed to go out for the evening, the farmer heard the sound of the life-giving rain on the roof (bodice) and pictured it running down to fill the dams (godets at bottom of skirt). Her stock were safely in the paddocks fenced with barbed wire (front panel) and the crops were protected by bird netting (overskirt). It had been a good year and soon the produce would be on its way to market in strong sacks (Hessian).
The bodice was made of furnishing material with ribbon (rain) stitched with metallic thread; Georgette circles (godets) were freemachined together to make the dams; the Hessian skirt had ribbons of rain running down the seams to the dams; metallic silver thread depicted the barbed wire on the front panel; bird netting was used for the overskirt and nylon ribbon with shell edging finished the bodice edge. Small beads and stones were also used for decoration.