St James fashion student’s winning Mandurah Wearable Art entry inspired by Kiribati climate change woes

Kirsten Springvloed’s winning entry.
Picture: Mandurah Wearable Art.
Kirsten Springvloed’s winning entry. Picture: Mandurah Wearable Art.

THE impact of global warming on the Kiribati Islands in the Pacific Ocean was the focus of St James fashion student Kirsten Springvloed’s winning entry in the Mandurah Wearable Art competition last month.

Ms Springvloed’s entry, titled Waving Goodbye, won the tertiary student category of the awards held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Her hand-made creation used corn starch packing peanuts, a cotton dress and a book on the Kiribati Islands, bought from an op-shop and assembled with glue made from blending peanuts and water.

Ms Springvloed is a first year South Metropolitan Tafe student completing the Certificate IV Applied Fashion Design & Technology,

She said she was inspired by the Kiribati Islands as they would be the first country to disappear due to climate change.

“The reason it is made out of packing peanuts is because we were encouraged to make our work from as much recycled materials as possible.”

She said the outfit was an environmental statement.

“We had to think about recycled items and I focused on items that could dissolve in water and saw there was a connection with the Kiribati Islands under threat from rising seas,” she said.

South Metropolitan Tafe lecturer Lisa Piller said she was proud of Ms Springvloed whose work was judged against more than 200 entries from around the world.

“Our students demonstrated creativity, innovation, fashion insight and construction skill in this international competition that involved experienced and renowned textile artists and creative practitioners,” she said.

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