Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

2022 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

Bycatch at Wearable Art Mandurah 2022

Natalie Hamblin


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 at Wearable Art Mandurah 2022

Margarete Palz

'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.

Wing Threads, to the Moon at Wearable Art Mandurah 2022

Alana Grant, Ruby Vale

'Wing Threads, to the Moon'

Migratory birds fly the distance from the earth to the moon in their lifetime. Zoologist and illustrator Milly Formby's creative project ‘Wing Threads’ saw her flying around Australia. Milly illustrated the book 'A Shorebird Flying Adventure'. Our garment is a story about her story and the significant Mandjoogoordap wetland.

Oana Maria Rosca

'Golden Stripes Armor'

Golden Stripes Armor is a garment that creatively capitalizes on an abundance waste that emerged in modern times - the PP band. Rigid and malleable at the same time, it allowed me to obtain a delicate but strong image, following the curved shapes of the female silhouette.

Tanja Schumann


That's what they called my Ukrainian mother for the first three months of my life while she fought for hers. She is kind, passionate and strong! I am proud of my family's resilience, humbled by their unbroken spirit and resistance. This project is an appreciation for my heritage and family.

Lisa von Muller

'Carbon-sink Salicia'

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.

Claudia Reiss

'Frankland River Sandy-Clay Loam'

A celebration of the craft of the oenologist, through art production. The concept of mapping the soil profile in vineyards in which you observe beautiful colour/texture profiles which gradates and reflects the way the land layers are formed.

Steffi Delaney

'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.


Aryan Narula


Life on land can be harsh with bushfires and the effect they have on people and animals. People and animals lose their habitat, lives, valuables, and get injured. With tragedy comes empowerment and the strength of human nature. Bushfires show the full force of Mother Nature - wild and nurturing.

Jordan Pescud

'Reflected in Vincent's Eyes'

Starry Night captivated me. Finding myself in a similar health position to Van Gogh, my passion reignited. Hours stitching, a pathway out of darkness back to myself one gentle stitch at time repaired my mind. The Van Gogh: a source of inspiration. My wearable artwork: a beautiful symbol of strength.

Anna Dyer

'Suburban Sanctuary'

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.

2021 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners


Margarete Palz

'Oscillating Curves'

Remember marionettes can change their expressions by pulling ribbons fixed on the hands. I copied this technique. On both sleeves’ ribbons are fixed. The visible hands can pull them in different directions and change the character of the sculpture. curves have more life and oscillation.

Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year presented by the City of Mandurah

Oana Maria Rosca

'White Rainbow'

In these turbulent times, I think we should not be pessimistic about the future of the planet but contribute, including through fashion creations. Re-using materials is a form of recycling. That is what I did with this work. The chosen white colour brings optimism, as does the creative play with waste.

Shaun Vandenberg

'Aerdrie Faenya'

Aerdrie Faenya is the winged mother, Elven Lady of the Air and Wind. Known by the Faery folk as the goddess of weather and birds. Created from manipulated papers and glues to represent swirling winds and give an appearance of weightlessness, movement and consistency across all aspects of the design.

Alana Grant, Ruby Vale and Aysha Vale

'New Again, Full Circle'

The lecturer told the class “if you’re going to pollute through art you should say something through the art that’s worth it”... or something along those lines. This philosophy has stuck with me. I’m interested in circular economies. This focus on reusing over recycling seems like the form of “New Again”.

Stephanie Munro

'The Red Army'

From the forest floor they descend, a sea of red emerges, the migration has begun. Guided by the moon and tides, the crustaceans move in streams following familiar routes. The red crabs of Christmas Island come in their millions, the spawning begins, the cycle of life continues.

Gwendydd Fox

'Gilded Cage'

A beautiful bird sings mournfully from within a gilded cage it has forever become one with. The poem A Gilded Cage inspires this warning, of a hard-golden prison combined with soft, feathery forms behind a lock that will never open, a bird indistinguishable from its bars.

Renate Jamieson

'Bodies of Water'

Bodies of water invites the contemplation of the fragility of life and dependence on water for survival. It illustrates pathways for migration from snow-capped mountains down to vast oceans emphasising how all waterways are intricately linked. Adversity occurring in any waterway may precipitate the need for life forms to migrate or else die.



Cat Shepherd

'Crossing the Line'

Women use humour to address barriers in the workplace. Our Elizabethan jester has crossed the line, been placed in stocks and pummelled with tomatoes. The Elizabethan fool is a folk character that has persisted throughout time and is used to highlight the consequence of speaking truths in a humorous fashion.



Maddy Constable

'The Beauty of Ningaloo'

Inspired by the Ningaloo Reef, the breathtaking colours of the fish and the reef form the main components of the design. The skirt represents the reef, fish and depths of the ocean. The bodice and headdress display the beautiful blue skies with clouds and
birds circling the sky.




Zahara Dos Santos

"Love of Dolls"

Dolls are one the first tools I was given that helped me learn to love, nurture, and accept without judgment because they were all so different. They allowed me to imagine, roleplay, create, and open my mind to the wild and wonderful world of fashion and style. They have taught me to accept difference in a positive way.

Makayla Parr

'ATAR Stressball'

My wearable art explores the stress, anxiety, hope, and obsessive thoughts that come with high school. The dress design was influenced by the final year ball dresses. The garment was constructed with upcycled paper like curtain fabric that has hand written school notes on it. Past exam papers were used to create origami flowers.


Maria Dumitrescu & Emily Pedlow

'Metamorphosis & Aerial Migration'

The combination of The Metamorphosis and Aerial Migration demonstrate the cyclical journey from one Promised Land to another; bird migration is an endless spiral related to space and time, therefore evolution. Bird migration can also mean instability. We are currently living in instability and the endless spiral of life, finding a common element can create a peaceful and harmonious presence. We used this statement to show different elements of bird migration.




Philomena Hali & Monica Goodall


Dementia is an illness that takes away from the sufferer and their loved ones. It is a constant lessening of the sufferer’s world. Menos brings to the light the person behind the illness honouring their uniqueness and value. “I am still here” even though memories and abilities are fading.




2019 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

Jacq Chorlton

'Il Etait Une Fois'

Once upon a time many fairy-tales had sinister backgrounds, darkness, violence and gore. Over the years these stories have evolved into the feel good tales that we know and love today. Il Etait Une Fois was inspired by my obsession with vintage children's books and the movement of a turning page.

Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year presented by the City of Mandurah




Antoaneta Tica

'Icy Willow'

Since ancient times, the willow was associated with life-giving water. But as freezing rain, water is
destructive causing great damage to trees through the weight of ice that covers them. At the same time, it
gives them an unseen beauty. Once again, the willow, symbol of life and rebirth, includes both feelings of sadness and joy.



Lyn Blasgund

'X-Ray Vision'

Our fascination with what we can't see inside our bodies has inspired me to create a wearable art piece using
discarded X-rays.
The X-ray process with its silver deposits on synthetic sheets, allows the viewer to see the intricate shapes of bones and tissue creating an abstract collage.



Ardea Murphy


Humans are destroying our planet with plastic. My vision was to symbolise the demise of the grey plastic bag. Like the myth of the Phoenix that rebirths itself by fire every 500 years, hopefully by then mankind will have discovered a way to recycle our garbage landfills into useful energy.



Stephanie Munro

'Just Breathe'

My inspiration is anxiety. The reuse of respirators ironically used to allow one to breathe is juxtaposed against the theme of anxiety and one's inability to catch a breath. White eludes to outward perfection, the greys, insecurity and turmoil. The cage and headpiece show strength but hint at inner vulnerability.
Award presented by Onyx Hair & Beauty Crew



Meagan Howe

'Mourning Birds'

Flesh-footed Shearwater, migratory birds that breed in Australian waters.
Autopsied fledglings reveal stomachs full of plastic, mistakenly fed to them by their seafaring parents looking for squid. Too heavy to fly, they die on the pristine beaches of Lord Howe Island.
Mother Earth is mourning.



April Richards

'Gaudy Mask Dress'

Gaudy Masked Dress is inspired by James Ensor's tragi-comedic themed painting 'Skeletons Fighting
Over a Hanged Man' (1891). I have chosen to represent Ensor's menacing and garishly dressed figures with
a patchwork opulence of coloured ruffles and fabric covered bird masks.



Teddy McRitchie

"In Bloom"

"A woman is like a flower, if you care for her and love her enough, you'll have the honour of watching her bloom" Davis Dolezal. The correlation of women to flowers is reflected in my wearable art piece. 427 handmade paper leaves and 226 handmade paper flowers were used in this creation.
Award presented by Reading Cinemas Mandurah



Catherine Shepherd

'Voyage of the Ancestor'

Blue oceans crossed, fans symbolising sails and lanterns for stars, depict the journey of Chinese men to the 1890s WA gold rush. Broken china pieces for family and culture left behind, constructed from plastic car bumpers that China will no longer receive as landfill and hand-beaded pearls for riches.





Marie Wright and Taralee Freeman (NZ)

'Morte - An Australian Bunyip'

Morte is our interpretation of a great Aboriginal myth that has been passed from one culture to another.
The story behind the bunyip is a cautionary tale: be warned - be very careful around billabongs at night - you never know who might be lurking in the water...




Alana Grant and Ruby Vale

'Bowerbird's Blues'

The age of technology and consumerism has meant a shift in how we relate to ourselves as part of and in
the natural world. Adorning and surrounding ourselves with beauty has always been in our nature. Much like the Bowerbird, that now takes place with material harmful to our health.

Award presented by Powertex Australia



Jacqueline Gibson

'Suburban Splendour'

This creation celebrates the splendour of the suburban backyard where life flourishes around the flowering gum and the summer air is cool from the flutter of wings both big and small. The vibrant colour of our local flora and fauna is a delight to visitors. Our ordinary is exotic.



Nasrin Qasemi


My inspiration was coral, its vibrant colours and unique shapes. Global warming is causing these beautiful coral reefs to bleach and die. By creating this design, I want to give a silent message about global warming and its environmental impact on coral reefs. It is happening to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.



2018 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

Sky & Water III winner of Artist of Year 2018

Jacq Chorlton

'Sky & Water III'

Based on M C Escher's woodcut print, Sky and Water I, this artwork has been created as an homage to the Dutch painter. Using old black corflute packaging and used printers' aluminium plate to resemble the birds and the fish that transform into each other.

presented by the City of Mandurah



Are You Thirsty? winner of Intl Artist of Year 2018

Antoaneta Tica

'Are You Thirsty?'

I'm a visual artist interested in life and movement. Especially inspired by nature, my work reflects my own approach to life, interrogating the relationship between human beings, nature and evolution through art, costume and performance. I usually revive old materials, transforming them through my specific techniques that give them new meanings.



LacusCurtivs winner of Creative Re-Use 2018

Suzette Darcey


The earth gives up all of its secrets in the colours of minerals. They are transformed, enabling us to enjoy them with such glitz and glamour. LacusCurtivs is created in all its glory capturing the dazzling essence of life. This was an amazing experience for me to achieve.


Metal Maiden Metallic Award winner 2018

Deb Hiller

'Metal Maiden'

This artwork uses armour to represent the strength and courage of women. The umbrella skirt indicates the shelter and protection given to others. The mirrored sphere is a reflection of the inner self hidden behind this armour. Soft pliable material was used to make it resemble metal.


Gaiascope Avant-Garde winner 2018

Larissa Murdock


Illustrating earth and the ecosystem co-existing with humankind. Exhibiting the ideal world where people merely support the fragility of biodiversity and maintain harmony in the natural world which is “infinitely less fragile than us, but fragile nonetheless”
Made from hemp paper tape, paper straws and Powertex.
Award presented by Onyx Hair & Beauty Crew


Takes Grit winner of Transformation category 2018

Elizabeth Morley

'Takes Grit'

Rocks, pounded by waves, break down to grit and sand, a grain of which can lodge in an oyster causing great discomfort. In defense, layer upon layer of nacre are secreted encasing the irritant, which in time grows to a pearl, magically transforming pain to a lustrous gem.


Wild Swans winner of Tertiary Student Award

Rochelle Peries

'Wild Swans'

Inspired by the character Odette, and the intersection of her humanity and swan-form. The artist examined the interaction between the moonlight human and the sensibility, shape and form of the daytime swan. Heat treatment created a crinkled vein-like effect from discarded plastic bags. The swan-head brings Odette's character to life.

Category presented by WA Fibre & Textile Association


Morphett'e Youth Award winner 2018

Oceana Piccone


Morphett'e is constructed out of plastic bags. It revolves around the concept of gender discrimination, it is neither male nor female, it is simply a creature rebelling against conformity. A being pulled from an idealistic imagination, where boundaries don’t exist, where animals and humans are one.
Award presented by Reading Cinemas Mandurah


Life Is A Jigsaw winner Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award 2018

Kiana Murphy

'Life Is A Jigsaw'

Living with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) this represents how I see the world.
Life is colourful, different and complicated. It's made up of so many elements yet on a daily basis I must connect the pieces of a colourful, loving world and make sense of it.


Time Travel winner of First Time Entrant 2018

Alina Stanila

'Time Travel'

Alina Stanila signature designs push the boundaries of modern textiles and knitwear technologies in an ambition to create "modern couture". Alina Stanila extravagant aesthetics combines traditional garment making techniques with a conceptual approach, each garment is individually designed and engineered using a combination of traditional and innovative textiles and yarns and extreme attention to detail and finish.


Ironland winner of Powertex Award 2018

Lynn Kennedy


Dedicated to the dramatic iron rich gorges of Karajini national park and the dominant Pindan tones of the Pilbara, copper wire was sculpted to represent the metallic walls of the deep gorges, tranquil rock pools were created with coloured resin and photographic images symbolising the ancient banded iron rock formations.

Award presented by Powertex Australia


Patches Off winner of TAFTA Inc award 2018

Jude Tupman & Marie Gallin

'Patches Off'

Celebrating the transformative, life changing work of the Fred Hollows Foundation with the patches off moment after eye surgery.
Symbolically, the headpiece depicts eye surgical instruments, the dark back view, poor vision and the brilliant contrasting front, renewed sight. Detail inspired by Benoit Mandelbrot's expression of nature's mathematical transformations.


Star Power highly commended Tertiary Student winner 2018

Kirsten Springvloed

'Star Power'

In 2015 a giant puppet girl walked Perth streets, charming all with cheekiness and spirit. Few knew her story - she fell from the stars and could see through time. Star Power considers what drives such a fantastical being....perhaps she is fashioned from toys and powered by a stellar pinwheel...