Hello everyone , hope all is well in your part of the world.
You may have wondered about the rather unusual title to today’s post. It is in fact an exhibition of International Wearable Paper Art that I had the pleasure of viewing a few days ago in the regional city of Devonport in our states North West. The bi-annual competition is now in its 10th. year and celebrates the tradition of paper making in this area . It attracts talented paper artisans from around the world.
The artists are invited to submit entries with the challenge of creating wearable works of art made from 80% paper. The judges had much to consider the wearability , the technical skill , the conceptual rigour of the works, the innovative use of paper and of course how the garment works worn and in motion.
The statement above was at the start of the exhibit and explains the concept much better than I ever could. I was in awe of the talent and creativity involved in bringing each idea to fruition.
The Peacock dress by Likita Marley (Australia) , a reimaging of the famous peacock dress of the 1900’s as an homage to a bygone era of flamboyant luxury and excess. It is made using wrapping paper, tissue paper, holographic wrapping paper, metallic paper , dyed paper string, paper raffia, art papers, coloured card, brown paper , newspaper. paper clay.
This particular creation from Poland caught my eye with its colours and textures and the clever use of pages from Vogue magazine in the design.
I loved this one and her description. Red Waratah Girl is a hybrid camellia fairy living in a garden in the Shoalhaven area of New South Wales. Some people are not sure where she has come from as she resembles the iconic red waratah of the Australian bush but also the Red Waratah Camellia. We see glimpses of her in the garden occasionally at the end of Winter but most of the time she is off with the fairies doing what fairies do.
Around 1500 petals had to be unfurled to create Red Warratah Girl taking about 30 hours and she took 200 hours to make in total. This one won a runner up award and earned the creator $2000.00, well deserved I say.
This was the winning entry, unfortunately my photo really doesn’t do it justice as it was quite extraordinary. The work titled Bilateral Relations by Japanese artist Kaori Kato is a hand-folded wearable abstract sculpture created from around 13 large sheets of paper. The hours of work in folding the paper as well as creating the design is simply mind blowing to me .
I know I will never have either the patience or talent involved in creating paper art so will continue to express myself through my clothing and creating outfits. My outfit for the gallery visit is a mix of old favourites and one newish one. I started with the Moyuru skirt , added the Pom Amsterdam jacket and topped it with the feather vest. I wore navy Trippen boots and orange accessories , leather gloves from Paris 2016, cork earrings Portugal also 2016 and Felt Happiness beret and bag by Spencer and Rutherford, many years old.
Joining Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.