COMMON THREADS, MANDURAH CITY WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Wearable Art Event
Common Threads ctreates avenues for engagement in art and performance and builds community strength and connectedness. The event offers workshops and skill development and gives opportunities to create art that does not conform - to challenge conceptions of fashion and what is 'wearable'. It involves every art-form and is completerly inclusive to all skill levels. Throug the annual themes and 'inspirations', we offer you the opportunity to explore and create and awareness of issues and challinges in your life, society or environment.
Stretch Arts Festival, 20 April to 4 May 2014
The 13th annual Stretch Arts Festival weekend has again proven to be a standout attraction of the City of Mandurahs events calendar, with more than 10,000 visitors immersing themselves in the festival experience.
Mandurah's eastern foreshore and Mandjar Square near the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) were buzzing with creative interactions including numerous workshops, exhibitions, art markets, live music, buskers and dancing.
Throughout the Stretch program from April 19 to May 4 and in the lead up to the main festival weekend on May 3-4, more than 5000 artists, designers, creative thinkers and community members were involved in a huge variety of activities, events and performances.
Stretch is the City's signature arts and culture festival which focuses on empowering and engaging the community through a number of art forms and cultural experiences. It also aims to celebrate and nurture established and emerging local artists.
This year's festival theme was Drift. The event is proudly sponsored by Healthway and Act-Belong-Commit.
From the website of Mandurah City at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au
My garment was called Autumn Leaves
Apart from the material for the dress itself, everything used in this garment was found in the sewing room - stretch knit lining, organzas and silks for leaves, threads, beads and even the necklace. When seeking the background, suddenly a bolt of material looked like a forest floor with varying autumnal shades and an occasional swathe of blue, asking to be bought. Rustling leaves came to mind, twirling and twisting in the breeze, descending in showers of brown, red and grey - some fluttering to the ground, others into creeks - floating along like memories drifting on calm waters or swirling in bubbling pools, reminiscent of mindfulness where problems can become leaves sailing softly away on small streams. The elegant lines of the dress itself echo those of a tall, stately tree, emphasised with the bodice cut on the grain while the skirt gently drapes on the bias.
Autmn Leaves was then exhibited in June at the Mundella Everywoman Expo in Perth Western Australia.