HUMM: ECU Mt Lawley graduates put designs on show


Designers Catherine Melentis and Mary Adams are displaying their designs at an ECU fashion event.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d462900
Designers Catherine Melentis and Mary Adams are displaying their designs at an ECU fashion event. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d462900

A FASHION event displaying the work of 15 graduate students will be on display at Edith Cowan University’s Mt Lawley campus until December 15.

Launching Friday night, the event includes a range of diverse ideas, drawn from the student’s own experiences and interests, and have been explored as textile and garment forms and photographic work.

Themes include the luxurious flesh and cracked shell of lobster translated into spilling silks and cropped, tailored jackets by Catherine Melentis, and the unnerving yet humorous experience of facing the world with anxiety where the ‘familiar’ is adjusted to seem slightly awkward and strange by Mary Adams.

Melentis, whose label Catherine Therese draws on her family history of cray fishing in Geraldton, said she included fragmented jackets and silky dresses to replicate the textures and aesthetic properties normally associated with lobsters.

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“As lobster is a luxurious meat that is usually bought for special occasions, I wanted to replicate this quality by applying fine silks, wools and found vintage fabrics,” she said.

“My colour choices range from burnt oranges, reds and shades of indigo dye that represent different species of crustaceans.”

Fellow graduate Adams said her designs were ready-to-wear, awkwardly oversized with lots of prints and layering.

“Everything is super colourful and a bit wrong,” she said. “My work is influenced by my personal experience with having anxiety and panic attacks and the idea of looking fine and “normal” however feeling incredibly anxious and strange.

“It deals with the juxtaposition of feeling one way while appearing the opposite. Each piece is different, they are all essentially little stories.”