Bickley artist has piece picked for showcase in Wearable Art Mandurah

Bickley artist Gem Vassallo’s wearable art.
Bickley artist Gem Vassallo’s wearable art.

CARDBOARD, feathers, jewels and pieces of film helped Bickley artist Gem Vassallo win a place in the Showcase of Wearable Art Mandurah.

Her piece, Covered Media, was entered in the Youth category of Wearable Art and is one of 40 successful garments that will feature in a theatrical production.

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

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

The bodice of Vassallo’s costume is made out of cardboard and Velcro and covered over with images of designers from magazines.

The skirt has a wire mesh crinoline cage and folded newspaper triangles attached to the wire, spray painted black and gold and with strips of film.

The shirt is made out of bubble wrap with sleeves glued to the shirt, then spray painted gold with larger pieces of folded newspaper hanging from the bottom of the shirt, along with pieces of film.

The mask includes cardboard, feathers, jewels and pieces of film.

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

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

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