Whispers Progressive Garment 2019

Wearable Art Whispers invites wearable artists to collaborate and create a wearable art garment, based on bringing to life a deity patron of wearable art. Let’s have fun with the title: It could be “Patron Saint of Wearable Art”, “Goddess of Wearable Art” - we are open to suggestions and invite you to be part of the naming process.

The completed garment will become an iconic exhibition and performance piece for Wearable Art Mandurah 2019.

Expressions of Interest are invited from artists who are:

  • passionate about wearable art
  • eager to connect and collaborate with other wearable art artists Australia-wide
  • keen to profile their work while growing Australia’s wearable art community.

This project is open to anyone who has experience in the creation of wearable art and being a previous entrant of Wearable Art Mandurah is not a prerequisite.

There is no fee to be involved in the project, however, artists are required to supply their own materials.

Applicants may be individual artists or partnership collaborations. Preference will be given to 2019 Wearable Art Mandurah competition entrants.

Wearable Art Mandurah will pay all freight costs for the project

Applications must be received by 5pm, 22 July 2018

The project will run from late July 2018 – April 2019. Each of the six selected artists/teams will have four weeks to interpret and create a segment of a wearable artwork in response to the theme and the works of preceding artists. The last artist has the option of harmonizing and/or finishing the garment in readiness for her big reveal.


The component of each artwork needs to meet the following criteria:
1. Be a creative response to the theme.
2. Be wearable and able to be worn for photos and in a choreographed show. It needs to be durable and robust. Headwear should be well fitted and balanced, and remain in place with movement.
3. Be safe to wear, with no sharp edges and have an even weight distribution. Footwear components should not restrict the ability of the model to walk and move safely.
4. Be able to be freighted, with consideration given to size limits and to materials that may not be permitted across state borders.
5. Be size 10 (Bust 84cm, waist 68cm, Hips 92cm))
6. Select and define any component of the garment to create as long as it does not repeat or extinguish what has been previously created. Your portion needs to extend/build upon what has already been done.
7. Respectfully intervene in some way in the work that has been previously done and extend it into your addition. We encourage you to think ‘outside the square’ – not in terms of specific body parts or garment segments, but in terms of layers, structures, extensions, textures and story aspects etc. What you create needs to be distinct from, connected to, flow from and build upon what has already been created.
8. Use any materials or processes in creating your portion of the work but remember some organic materials may not be permitted to cross state borders.
9. Agree to supply your own materials and other resources. The project will pay for freighting, marketing and promotion costs.
10. Use care in handling, storage and packing of the work of others and the whole piece
11. All participants will share with other participating artists in the closed project Facebook page.

Proposed Schedule

Artist Number Creating Dates Freight Dates
One July 30 – August 27 August 28 - September 6
Two September 7 - October 4 October 5 - October 15
Three October 16 – November 12 November 13 – November 22
Four November 23 – December 20 December 21 – January 7
Five January 8 - February 11 February 12 – February 21
Six February 22 – March 21 March 22 – April 1


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