Revolutionary Works of Art On The Body
Bold. Evocative. Experimental.
After 11 years of growing this fabulous competition and professional development program, our much-loved Wearable Art Mandurah competition and events have come to a close.
We would like to sincerely thank and recognise the artists, designers, community, staff and everyone involved in Wearable Art Mandurah for their outstanding efforts and contributions over the years.
Wearable Art Mandurah was farewelled following an exhibition of a selection of 2022 competition garments at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah in February 2023. Find more details here.
Mandurah, WA’s largest regional city and less than an hour from Perth, is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Originally known as Mandjoogoordap, Mandurah means ‘meeting place of the heart’. Once you’ve arrived here, you fall in love with this place. Enjoy waterways for days and much more.
2022 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners
650 metres of hand-cut paper wire fringe was used to create this garment, highlighting the kilometres of netting discarded after trawling the ocean bottom for commercial fishing. Twisted wire resembles nets getting twisted in the tides, collecting whatever gets entangled. Rings embedded in the top resemble small ocean creatures. Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year presented by the City of Mandurah
‘Multiple Stimuli of Synergy’
When both garments engage they complete spatial dimensions based on “Yin and Yang”: Voluminous movements and fantastic emotional gestures: they guarantee a third extraordinary art ensemble: Multiple Stimuli of Energy.
Lisa von Muller
Salicia (Neptune’s Wife) is symbolic and ironic. I’m inspired by Verna Shajawallas attitude to plastic. Single use plastics and fishing are affecting the oceans: our largest carbon sink. The white plastic is symbolic of coral bleaching, the black background of trawling.
‘The Queen of the Fairies’
Through recycling and weaving, the content of today’s newspaper disappears and a new story about the clothing worn by Irish women around 100 BCE is told. Near ancient burial mounds and in ringforts which seem to connect phantasy with reality, one might suddenly encounter the Queen of the Fairies.
The sanctuary of the suburban garden is a shared environment, the habitat of creatures that pollinate plants and turn the earth. Often discrete, their existence is sometimes only visible by the homes that they build. This garment displays evidence of the many varied occupants within the artist’s suburban back yard.