Making new from old: Darlington Arts Festival fashion parade

Ashlyn Pearson and Meg Hopkins, of Darlington.
Making new from old: Darlington Arts Festival fashion parade
Ashlyn Pearson and Meg Hopkins, of Darlington.

ONE of the highlights of the Darlington Arts Festival this weekend is an annual fashion parade with a difference.

The wow factor display of arty adornment is on show from 5.15pm-6pm on Saturday.

Mundaring Arts Centre project officer Sarah Toohey said every year the centre invited young people to participate in the WOWA project to create sculptures for the body.

“WOWA is about young people coming together to design, build and perform wearable art constructed using discarded, unloved organic and mechanical parts,” she said.

Young artists focus on different themes in design workshops at local schools and at community workshops held during the school holidays.

This year, children from Helena College, Kalamunda Senior High School and Mundaring Girl Guides will showcase their costume creations, along with participants from artist Jessica Jubb’s October school holiday workshop.

Jubb’s headdress workshop encouraged young people to discuss and express thoughts on the harmful effects of drugs and design an elaborate headpiece on the Drug Aware theme.

Mundaring Girl Guides used the theme to make masks inspired by artist Mary Louise Carbone.

Kalamunda SHS students explored the elegance of the 1930s-1950s, while Helena College students worked with artists David Brophy and Jody Quackenbush to create costumes from paper and explore themes of evolution.

In the lead up to the Saturday parade, the students will work with a team of hairdressers and makeup artists to present an innovative showcase.

The most outstanding costumes for design and innovative use of materials will receive prizes.

Helena College student and indie musician and songwriter Annike Moses will perform at the opening of the WOWA performance.

WOWA is coordinated by Mundaring Arts Centre and sponsored by Department of Culture and the Arts, Shire of Mundaring and a host of local businesses.