Bertram artist Jacq Chorlton wins Colour Palette Award at Common Threads Wearable Art competition


Bertram artist Jacq Chorlton’s winning garment A Dress to Im’press’. Picture: Travis Hayto
Bertram artist Jacq Chorlton’s winning garment A Dress to Im’press’. Picture: Travis Hayto

BERTRAM artist Jacq Chorlton was awarded the Colour Palette Award at the 2016 Common Threads Wearable Art Competition.

The busy mother juggles family life with her love for art. She is heavily involved in promoting art through the City of Rockingham and also works with local schools to create murals.

Mrs Chorlton said she was “over the moon” with the Wearable Art Competition win.

“It’s nice to get the recognition,” she said.

The competition called on artists, designers, creatives and fashionistas from around the world to explore and create extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body.

Mrs Chorlton’s garment, A Dress to Im’press’, was made entirely out of pressed milk and juice bottle lids covering old lampshade frames. Heating and pressing HDPE plastic lids created a wealth of colourful individual discs that could be manipulated in many ways, creating a colourful mosaic.

Mrs Chorlton made A Dress to Im’press’ over the course of six months.

Garments from the competition will be displayed at Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah from Friday, June 3, to July 3.

Common Threads Wearable Art is part of the Stretch Arts Festival, providing a platform for designers to challenge the concept of what is wearable, transforming the human body into a living, breathing, moving canvas.

The competition was open to all skill levels, the garments don’t need to be commercially viable, expensive or even to be taken seriously – they simply need to be wearable.

Artists were encouraged to create and explore issues in their lives, society and the environment.