Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

Wearable Art Mandurah Exhibition presented by Act-Belong-Commit

at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah

Date: 3 August - 9 September 2018

These revolutionary works of art need to be viewed up close and personal to appreciate the unusual choice of materials and the level of skill and thinking that sits behind these extraordinary art works.

The exhibition’s calendar of events will include guest speakers, panel discussions, a workshop and artist talks.

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Wearable Art Mandurah, a retrospective 2011 – 2018

at Lakelands Library

When: Friday 3 August – Sunday 9 September

Look how far we have come!
This supporting exhibition presents one Wearable Art Mandurah garment from each year, 2011 – 2018, celebrating our journey from a small local competition to the premiere wearable art event in Australia.

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Beyond the Seam

at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah

Date: 26 May- 24 June 2018

Beyond the Seam: conceptual works in fibre art  brings together the work of 12 outstanding national and international contemporary artists to explore how fibre art, its materiality and the various processes of making can engage our understanding of the tactile and transformative potential of working with cloth, natural materials and thread.

This exhibition will be accessible during showcase weekend

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Fashion & Floristry by South Metropolitan TAFE

Date: 6 - 14 June

A unique exhibit explores intersections between art, floristry and fashion as South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) students collaborate to showcase artisanship on human form. The activation transforms the foyer of the Mandurah Performing Arts centre from the 6th to the 14th of June, celebrating the Mandurah Wearable Art Showcase weekend.

The exhibit of twenty-two fashion and thirteen floristry SM TAFE student works use innovative techniques such as wire lacework, origami and arm-knitting; and materials such as air-conditioning ducting, pressed flowers sandwiched between organza, hair extensions and brick pallet tape.

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Wearable Art Mandurah @ Parmelia House

Date: April 30 – May 31 2018

Wearable Art Mandurah @ Parmelia House  presents 9 local, national and international artworks, as part of an invitation only exhibition.

Curated by Denise Fisher, the exhibition cleverly groups artworks to reflect and compliment the aesthetics of their elegant contemporary surrounds.

Internal Transparency and Sky & Water 111 present a dramatic statement, while It Takes a Village to Raise a Child and Framed Perspective add a pop of bright colour. Star Power, living up to its title, acts as an entry statement and sets the tone of the exhibition. Illuminated in the window are Metal Maiden, Patches Off, Are You Thirsty? and the reveal of this year’s collaborative progressive garment, Skrydstrup Woman, whose journey was recreated and retold by six artists, who dreamt her memories and brought them back to life through cloth, thread and stitch.

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2018 Wearable Art Mandurah Winners

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

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.