A FULL house was treated to a spectacular visual arts display at the Wearable Art Mandurah Showcase at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre tonight.
Local artists took out a swag of awards with Mandurah teenager Kiana Murphy winning the Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award for Life is a Jigsaw, Bertram artist Jacq Chorlton taking the main award – Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year – for Sky and Water 111 and Golden Bay’s Deb Hiller taking out the Metallic category with Metal Maiden.
Suzette Darcey from Waikiki won the creative reuse award with LacusCurtivs.
Chorlton’s garment featured black corflute birds, inner tube feathers and handmade embossed aluminium fish.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys William, who presented the main award, said the event was more than a competition, it was also about building community capacity through workshops, events and school arts projects.
Mandurah Artist of the Year – Jacq Chorlton (Sky and Water 111).
International Artist of the Year – Antoaneta Tica, Romania (AreYou Thirsty?)
Creative Reuse Award – Suzette Darcey (LacusCurtivs).
TAFTA Inc Award – Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman (Patches Off).
Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award – Kiana Murphy (Life is a Jigsaw).
First Time Entrant Award – Alina Stanila (Time Travel).
Powertex Award – Lynn Kennedy (Ironland) – presented by Powertex Australia.
Tertiary Highly Commended, presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Kirsten Springvloed (Star Power).
Tertiary Student Category, presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Rochelle Pieres (Wild Swans).
Avant Garde Category, presented by Onyx Hair and Beauty Crew – Larissa Murdock (Gaiascope).
Transformation Category – Elizabeth Morley (Takes Grit).
Metallic Category – Deb Hiller (Metal Maiden).
Youth Award presented by Reading Cinemas – Oceana Piccone (Mortphett’e).