Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

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...