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Youth Exhibition

From 8 -24 April we are exhibiting ten of our stunning Youth Garments in three different locations in Mandurah. To visit them please see the details below.

Lakelands Library

These garments are on display at Lakelands Library at 49 Banksiadale Gate, Lakelands 6180

The opening hours are:  Tuesday + Thursday 9am – 7pm; Wednesday + Friday + Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday + Monday closed

Artist Name: Libby Evans

Title of Artwork: Pierrot

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

 

Artist Statement:

Upcycled wearable art piece crafted out of deconstructed trampoline material, reimagined as a vintage/broken doll like creature reminiscent of Pierrot the clown – a tragic melancholy figure. The base material is made from the trampoline surface and the ruffles are made from the safety netting held together with simple staple fastenings. These component parts lend themselves to a monochrome outfit.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

The bodice, skirt and hat are all made of old trampoline surface. The skirt is tied at the side with the shoelaces that used to tie the safety netting to the trampoline frame. The ruffles and puff sleeves are made from the trampoline safety netting and are created via staples. The edges are finished off with bias binding (glued).

 

 

Artist Name: Grace Holswich

Title of Artwork: Two Roses

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

With our pieces, we each aimed to encapsulate the shape of a rose. We chose to flip the “rose” upside to use as a base structure for the pieces. We chose to create texture throughout the piece by repeatedly using circular shapes in varying sizes and placed in a tier like structure, representing the petals within a rose. When the pieces are worn, the pieces have been attached in a way that enables a subtle movement throughout the piece.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Our materials include cane for the main structure of the skirts and circular shapes, along with floristry paper attached to the circles and hung by string to the frame to allow movement when walking. The use of elastic to attach it at the waist also contributes to this movement.

Artist Name: Bianca Giles

Title of Artwork: Dutch discovery

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

 

Artist Statement:

Being Dutch was just a title to me, something I would say. Through this process, I’ve felt more connected to my mum and extended family. The Dutch are more quirky than I thought. The extended peaks of the clogs are representative of increased personal growth. The bleached denim represents the void of customs and cultures I have felt as a child. My mum is Dutch, I am Dutch, although I’m learning to be just that. Her migration to Australia meant assimilation to the Australian culture, ultimately leading to my disconnection with who I could’ve been, who I am.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Rubber clogs, recycled denim, and t-shirts. Using shibori techniques denim was bleached. Sewing,  Crocheting. Deconstructing materials and reusing the fibers. Old clothes. Embroidery and cane for the headpiece Old bed sheets cut up used throughout the piece. Wood. Paint.

 

Artist Name: Stella Stankov

Title of Artwork: Flight

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

This artwork uses the contrast of the bird as a symbol of freedom with the use of a mask to hide its wearers face. Masks force the wearer to withhold their secrets and their true self, therefore, directly contradicting the idea of birds symbolising freedom. The work is symbolic of the chain keeping humans tied to society, where they are bound by lies to project a mask of who they wish to be perceived. They are unable to let go, and show their true personality, to try and fly, and be held down by chains.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

To create this wearable art, I explored papier-mâché whilst restraining my palette to only white hues. The properties of cane wood came in hand to create the structure of both the main head piece and the body. Finishing word with a bright white spray paint and fairy lights.

Artist Name: Abbygail Stringer

Title of Artwork: Ubuntu – I am because you are

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

 

Artist Statement:

Design and structure influenced by the traditional attire of the Zulu people of Southern Africa. Using colour and pattern to demonstrate how standing alone is beautiful and complete, but in unity standing together, the colours and patterns enhance and bring out the best in each other. Together with the. Ubuntu is part of a phrase that means, a person is only a person through other people. It is about respect, dignity, co-responsibility and acceptance of all people. Ubuntu is being better together.

 

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Recycled denim, ropes, fabric, wire hoops, crab pots, old yarn, beads from salvaged jewellery. 90% recycled materials were used to create ‘Ubuntu’. Handmade ropes drape over a fitted black undergarment. The hoops that form the base are inspired by the concept of “a circle of friends” symbolising Ubuntu..

Billy Dower Youth Centre

These garments are on display at Billy Dower Youth Centre at 41 Dower St, Mandurah 6210   

The opening hours are:  Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Artist Name: Taylor Macdonald

Title of Artwork: Freedom

Category: Youth (12 years and under)

Artist Statement:

Women have the right to be free. They should be able to express themselves. They should be able to wear what they want and be safe in the world. Women should not have to hide their personality.

This dress was inspired by the Women’s’ Marches for Justice in 2021. At the rallies there were a lot of women who were fighting for women’s freedom and safety. When I grow up I want to be free and safe.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Hessian, georgette, beads, recycled silk teabags, thread, repurposed and recycled artificial flowers, paint, recycled ribbon, recycled kite frame, recycled strapping, recycled headband, Velcro, wire, metal cable ties and elastic. Construction processes included sewing, painting and braiding.

Artist Name: Virya Giner-Tan

Title of Artwork: Up Beat

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

Heart disease kills 118 Australians each day and costs the Australian economy $5,000,000,000 annually. Fundraising and increased awareness of healthy hearts will diminish this figure. Having health means increased fun and vitality. Red is a colour associated with passion, I am passionate about living and helping others to make good health choices, ‘Up Beat’ promotes positivity and evokes feelings of fun and movement. Black alone is a drab and intimidating colour, but contrasted with the stripes of red encourages joy and inclusion. ‘Up Beat’ invites you to get up and move, be active and healthy.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Duck/ gaffa tape; Plastic bags/ wrap; Melted milk bottles; Red table cloth; Zip ties; Hose; Red electrical tape; Wire; Process- Wire through hosing enabling manipulation of the form. Melted plastic with heat gun to create texture. Fused red tablecloth to milk bottles to create the central heart of the bodice.

Artist Name:  Sophie Lance

Title of Artwork: Entangled

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

“Entangled” represents humankind’s failure to protect sharks and their natural habitat; the ocean. I began my creative journey by examining my own relationship with sharks, and how I have grown from feelings of fear into a self-proposed ‘shark lover’. For 83 consecutive years, Australia has led the largest shark cull in history, decimating shark populations and destroying the health of our reef ecosystems. My intention with this work is to redefine the villains of the oceans not as sharks, but as the nets and drumlines that kill so many under the guise of ‘beach protection’.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

Using reclaimed wire and foam, I constructed a life-sized reef shark and used hand-dyed fabric to mimic its patterning. The dress is entirely re-purposed fabrics sewn together to create an organic form that replicates waves breaking over a reef. The net entangles the wearer to the shark and is a representation of the deadly shark nets.

Artist Name: Libby Evans

Title of Artwork: X-Radiance

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

The fluidity of this piece reflects the movement and elegance of dresses from a bygone era. The bodice is constructed from a chest x-ray and the bustle is formed from a variety of different x-ray images shaped by an offcut of coated wire fencing to provide a bird like plume. The piece is illuminated via upcycled red bicycle lights to enhance the x-ray imagery and is mainly connected via Black cable ties.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

The bodice is constructed from a chest x-ray and the bustle is formed from a variety of different x-ray images shaped by an offcut of coated wire fencing. The piece is illuminated via upcycled red bicycle lights to enhance the x-ray imagery and is mainly connected via Black cable ties.

Mandurah Visitor Centre

These garments are on display at Mandurah Visitor Centre, 75 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah 6210 

The opening hours are:  Monday – Sunday 9am – 4pm

Artist Name: Amelie Caporn

Title of Artwork: Aether

Category: Youth (18 years and under)

Artist Statement:

My piece is inspired by the Greek god of light and the uppermost atmosphere, Aether. The outer skirt has hundreds of tiny holes hand burnt to replicate the tiny stars and galaxies in space. The headpiece is a crown with torn dyed muslin and pieces of copper and chain, symbolising a Medieval terrestrial sphere. The underskirt using the rust technique replicates that ancient look which reflects light on the copper pieces.

Materials and Method of Assembly:

The foundation of my dress is a wire and cane frame. The skirt fabric has been dyed with rusted metal and vinegar has then hand sewn onto my frame. Sheets of thin copper have been heated and texturised then hand cut and sewn onto the fabric. The top layer is sprayed painted yupo paper, with hundreds of holes hand burnt with a soldering iron.