Sorrento artist finds beauty in discarded items for Wearable Art Mandurah

Sorrento artist Jodie Davidson’s piece Discarded Beauty.
Sorrento artist Jodie Davidson’s piece Discarded Beauty.

FINDING beauty in discarded items helped Sorrento artist Jodie Davidson win a place in the showcase event at Wearable Art Mandurah.

Her piece, Discarded Beauty, was entered in the architectural category of Wearable Art and is one of 40 garments chosen to feature in a theatrical production.

The show, led by Melbourne artistic director Helen Duncan, includes a cast of professional theatre dancers and musicians.

Davidson said Discarded Beauty evolved from a philosophy of environmental awareness.

“Shape and the use of biodegradable fibres inspired by Patrick Dougherty’s natural architecture, symbolise the importance of sustainability,” she said.

“Abandoned reticulation pipe wrapped in old hessian wheat and potato bags, once a home to mice, have become a home for the body.

“Visible horizontal and vertical supports hold organic shaped looms made from branches woven with jute, cotton, fabric off-cuts, grasses and seed pods, each an ecological variation of the stained glass window design in Antoni Gaudi’s Casa B.”

Performances will be held at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11.

The final 40 garments were chosen from 114 entries submitted this year and include entries from Romania, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Nationally, entries came from Alice Springs, Darwin, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland.

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