TWO spectacular Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase performances took centre stage at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre last weekend.
With a sell-out show on Saturday, more than 1300 people enjoyed the extravagant, provocative and colourful spectacle of art on the body over the two shows.
Forty gorgeous handmade garments were on show during the performances, chosen from 114 entries as part of the Wearable Art Mandurah Competition.
Keysbrook artist Marie Gallin and Northampton artist Jude Tupman took out the Artist of the Year Award, presented by the City of Mandurah.
The winning piece was a masterpiece of zamia and gum nuts, leaves, bark, twigs, feathers, drink bottles and cans using hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, felting, burning and applique.
The annual competition included entries from Romania, Switzerland and New Zealand, Alice Springs, Darwin, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland.
The show was a feast for the senses.
“From the garments, the lighting, the music, to the dancers and performers, Wearable Art Mandurah delighted the crowds.
Deputy Mayor Darren Lee said the City was proud to present such an event that nurtured and encouraged local artists’ talents.
“We have some outstanding artists and designers in our community,’’ he said.
Selected items will be on show at Mandurah Art Gallery and Contemporary Arts Space Mandurah from August 4 to September 3.
Local award winners
Artist of the Year: Marie Gallin ((Keysbrook) and Jude Tupman (Northampton)
Tafta Inc Award: Elizabeth Morley (Coolup)
Architectural category: Helen Coleman (Falcon)
Powertex Award: Silver Chain (Greenfields)