City of Joondalup’s Urban Couture kicks off

Elle Campbell will host Walyoo, inspired by local WA fauna, at the Joondalup Art Gallery through March.
Elle Campbell will host Walyoo, inspired by local WA fauna, at the Joondalup Art Gallery through March.

THE City of Joondalup’s annual Urban Couture program kicks off on Wednesday.

Perth artist Elle Campbell will showcase her Walyoo exhibition at the Joondalup Art Gallery from March 1 to April 2.

Raised in the Wheatbelt region of WA, Campbell started her label Elle Campbell Art last year.

“I am driven by colour and print and the freedom of mark making on silk,” she said.

Last year, Campbell produced Outback Yugén; a series of hand-marked silk canvasses in collaboration with Claremont retailer Dilettante.

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“It was a successful exhibition featuring signature large-scale hand-painted silk canvases and a series of digitally printed silk scarves,” she said.

“I also designed Ikicow; a colourful life-sized fibreglass cow for Cow Parade Perth and the sculpture was successfully auctioned at the end of the exhibition.”

She said Walyoo was a “celebration of the country we tread”.

“It’s a reflection of identity and existence,” she said. “Calling on our West Australian idiosyncrasies, Walyoo is a chance to reflect on one’s responsibility to land. Walyoo is a scampering of hand-painted silks inspired by local Western Australian fauna.”

The exhibition is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 3pm with an official opening at 6pm on Friday, March 3.

Campbell will also host a still life drawing workshop on Sunday, March 12. It will be held at the Joondalup Art Gallery from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Cost is $12.


Fashion flicks

LOOK back at some popular Hollywood fashions with two film screenings next week.

As part of the City of Joondalup’s Urban Couture program, the Joondalup Library will host outdoor screenings of Grease on Tuesday, March 7, then The Devil Wears Prada on Wednesday, March 8.

The free movie sessions start at 7pm and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic.

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Graduates’ showcase

WEST Australian graduate and emerging designers will present their work as part of Urban Couture.

The runway event will be held at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, at the entry to the train station, from 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 22.

The event aims to showcase the next generation of local fashion and design talent including Bronte May Sawyer, Mariaan Pugh, Michael Nguyen and Samuel Mills, from North Metropolitan Tafe, Christina Lean, from South Metropolitan Tafe, Mary Adams, from ECU, Jozina Werny and Kate Hannah, from Curtin University, and emerging designer Elle Campbell.

There is limited capacity for the show. Register at


Kitchen talk

SOME of Perth’s most innovative creatives working within the fashion industry will be part of an Urban Couture networking and speaking event on March 20.

Held at Voyage Kitchen in Sorrento from 6.30pm, 12 artists working across industries including fashion and textiles, jewellery, public art and academia will explore the role of fashion and curating fashion in today’s society.

Cost is $12. Register at


Printmaking workshops

ART lovers will learn the age-old techniques of print making at a series of workshops as part of Urban Couture.

Beau Est Mien is a printmaking studio and design store in Northbridge run by artists specialised in various techniques.

It also offers printmaking workshops for adults and kids, which will come to Joondalup Art Gallery in March.

Screen printing for Adults will be held on Sunday, March 5, with a teenagers’ workshop to follow on Sunday, March 12.

A third block printing workshop will be held on Sunday, March 19.