WEARABLE ARTS 2021
Section 1 - My Message to You
Designers are invited to create garments that express a message to self or world. Engage with the mechanisms and technologies involved in sending a message: both historically and in our hyper-modern world. Message-in-a-bottle, social media message, personally delivered message, letter, carrier pigeon or a message through time. This is an open section, so concept, technical finish and interpretation are key. We live in a message-driven society – what’s your artistic message?
Section 2 - Silhouette Creations
You are transitioning through the realms of shape and form – nothing else is possible in this place! All must be expressed through a silhouette reality. Design entries will find their expression as a silhouette and be judged on their ability to use shape and form to create a garment that transcends our experience of 'daylight reality’.
Section 3 - How I Feel
Colour and soul expression. Designers are invited to create a garment where soul, mood and character are explored and expressed through the world of colour. A mood of red rage resistance, yellow vibrance, depth of blue or equilibrium green. Discover a character and story that emerges from the realm of colour and shade. Designers are limited to using one colour only.
Section 4 - Horns, Helmets and Masks (single garment section)
A single or combined garment that invites designers to transform identity from the shoulders up. Your design does not need to hide or conceal but it must address transformation and/or metamorphoses. Perhaps only recognisable to those that know you well or a transformation in progress… Is your changing identity only visible with a helmet on? Have horns of wisdom appeared like antennae listening to the cosmos? Or is your transformed identity being worn as a mask?
Section 5 - Flora Fabulous
From the seas to the trees, fires to the skies, how do you connect to nature? Designers are invited to design a garment that represents the natural, shifting, damaged and burgeoning world of Australian flora. We are living on a land that is so varied across the continent and has many seasons that show their faces. Will you capture just one aspect or merge multiple perspectives? Which flora species calls out to have you weave, fasten, wind or bind them into a work of wearable art? We encourage but do not limit entrants to incorporate native Australian flora.