You may want to check the forecast before venturing out in these garments, as practicality has been sacrificed for ingenuity and aesthetics.
In a town that was built on paper, the Burnie Regional Art Gallery will host the third biennial wearable paper art competition, paper on skin,with a Friday night catwalk show at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre.
Rest assured, the 24 creative entrants take the craftvery seriously and it is not likely there will be any butcher’s paper sacks or newspaper ponchos.
Pam Thorne of the Burnie Arts Council said for the first time in thehistory of the competition, every Australian State and Territory will be represented.
Mrs Thorne said the competition attracts artists who like a challenge and have the skills to execute their vision.
“At this stage we are extremely impressed with the planning, research and design efforts that entrants have demonstrated in their submissions,” she said.
The competition,which challenges entrants to create a wearable piece of art from paper, will be judged on concept, design,construction and wearability.
Pieces must be constructed of at least 80 per cent paper.
“We do not specify a theme, and what has resulted is an amazing diversity of concepts and stories across the 24 entries,” she said.
“The audience is sure to be engaged and entertained.”
While the pieces may look aesthetically beautiful on a mannequin, they face the test on the stage.
“Previous shows have taught us, however, that for many of the works, it is only when they are on the catwalk that their true power and impact is revealed,” she said.
Maintaining a commitment to the community, the Burnie Regional Art Galleryconducted workshops with TasTAFE fashion students which will be modelled on the catwalk while the audience is being seated.
“We experimented with ‘quick-fire’ creative construction techniques using large rolls of white paper,” she said.
Entrants are vying for a first prize of $5000 and a runner up award of $1500.
“Students from En Vogue Modelling Academy are enthusiastically preparing their routines for modelling the successful entires.”Tickets from BAFC: 64305850
Stacks and stack: Pam Thorne spent the week unpacking boxes of wearable paper art from around the country. This year has the most entries in the competition’s history. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
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