EMBLETON fashion illustrator Pippa McManus has turned a blank wall at the Morley Rivers building into a celebration of the suburb’s top five ethnicities.
The mural, located 2-16 Bishop Street, Morley, features illustrations of Vietnamese, Italian, Indian, Malaysian and Polish women.
Community group The Morley Momentum were granted funding from the City of Bayswater for the mural project, also supported by Dulux’s Morley Inspirations Paint, Vicinity Centres and the building owner.
McManus, who has illustrated models during London Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney and the Perth Fashion Festival, said it was the first time she had painted a mural in the City.
“Being able to do fashion illustration incorporated with a mural is good rather than doing something random like birds,” she said.
“Because I live here, I have been watching it (Morley art scene) come up through the past couple of years and it has been really great to see.”
The Morley Momentum vice-president Fiorda Kule, of Morley, said the mural was different and authentic.
“It gives something for people to see and it is an attraction for Morley,” she said.
Mayor Dan Bull said it was fantastic to see local groups, businesses and the City supporting the common goal of bring art and creativity to Morley.
“Morley is truly diverse, with almost half of the people who live here born overseas,” he said.
“This mural, along with the artwork recently completed at Coventry Village, is a big celebration of Morley’s diversity.”
The mural will be part of an art walk at The Morley Momentum’s Progress Street Party on April 7.
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