Meet the Team
We are delighted to introduce you to our 2019 Wearable Art Mandurah Judges
Aly May has been involved within the fashion industry for over 30 years. Her work has been varied and extensive, including an 20 year involvement in creating and developing the successful fashion presentation for STYLEAID, an annual charity fashion event that supports fundraising for the WA Aids Council.
For 15 years Aly has also worked as creator and producer of the lingerie show which is the highlighted showcase for the Boobalicious Ball, an event that raises funds for breast cancer.
In addition Aly has worked as a stylist, event producer, fashion lecturer, show choreographer for Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and is the ‘go to’ person for many of WA’s emerging fashion designers who are seeking advice and mentoring. Aly currently works for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries as the SPO, Sector Development.
Over the past thirty years Paul has been employed in a freelance capacity in both government and private practice. His current role is to look after all international Press and VIP Relationships for Elle Macpherson’s and Andrea Horwood-Bux’s company WelleCo. Paul also holds a casual lecturing position in Fashion Business at South Metro TAFE.
Some of Paul’s past career highlights include; Brand Manager of Aurelio Costarella for a decade, Fashion Coordinator for Aherns, and Arts and Fashion Editor of X-Press Magazine. In 2004, Paul was selected onto the Premier’s Taskforce to establish the WA Fashion Grant program.
Paul also has an artistic streak and has exhibited internationally, as well as implementing Public Art Commissions across Western Australia. He has been the recipient of many awards, including Young Australian of the Year Award (Western Australian Arts) 1995, the Australia Council Tokyo Residence 2000 and the City of Perth Craft Award, 1991. In 2015, I was invited onto the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s Foundation Committee where I give my thoughts and energy to create the annual ARTBall.
Associate Head of School for Production and Design and Senior Lecturer at the WAAPA
Leisa then moved into Production Management working with the Perth Theatre Company. In 1998 Leisa joined Awesome International Children’s Festival, and in 1999/2000 was the Production Manager of PIAF. In 2001 Leisa moved to WAAPA as the Head of Stage Management, and in 2009 became the Associate Head of School for Production.
Lisa Westover Piller is the Discipline Leader for Fashion Business at South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE). Lisa has been teaching for over six years at Associate Degree and VET levels, and has more than 16 years of industry experience working in fashion product design and development. Lisa’s knowledgebase includes a strong understanding of the production process from creative development and sampling to quality control of production, and considerations of sustainability within the fashion industry supply chain.
Lisa is heavily involved in creative conceptual design and development for large fashion installations. These include presentations for Perth Fashion Festival, and the SM TAFE Graduate Fashion Show in promotion of the SM TAFE Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.
Her goal is to foster strong relationships with industry and to showcase SM TAFE student achievements in the public forum. In 2016 Lisa won the Higher Education Lecturer Excellence Award.
Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase Artistic Director Bernie Bernard
Bernie has worked extensively in the performing arts arena for 35 years!
After working nationally and internationally as a professional dancer in television and corporate theatre with innovative choreographers such as Ruth Osborne, Ross Coleman, Robyne Moase and Tony Bartuccio, Bernie became inspired to create dance. As a highly respected choreographer, she has tutored and mentored in youth arts and outreach programs Australia-wide e.g. Steps Youth Dance Co (WA), Quantum Leap Youth Dance Co (ACT) and Ausdance Summer Schools in WA, ACT, and NSW. She was invited by the Australia Council to tutor at their National Youth Dance Festivals in NSW and Vic.
For the last 20 years Bernie has also worked in music theatre, teaching and choreographing at the WA Academy of Performing Arts. She has worked with renowned Directors Tony Sheldon, Nancye Hayes, Jason Langley and Crispin Taylor and was was also invited to choreograph the Vic Theatre Company's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Melbourne Theatre Company for the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Bernie's artistic style is eclectic, surprising and refreshing, deriving inspiration and ideas from a broad and diverse range of sources.