WA – News & Events

     To keep current with news from Western Australia, visit the WAFTA website: www.wafta.com.au  and click on NEWS. This site is regularly updated by the website manager. WAFTA stands for Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association and it’s a useful and active group, find out more via the website. All evening (General) meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month (from Feb-Nov) at 7pm at Alexandra Park Craft House, Clyde Street, Menora. You sign in and pay $4 at the door (non-members welcome; they pay $8). Fabulous supper provided. WAFTA’s evening meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, Feb to Nov each year.

     Altered States is the new WAFTA Members’ Exhibition for 2017 which is taking the form of a challenge. It will open on September 15, 2017 and runs until 23 September, 2017 in the foyer of Perth Town Hall on Hay Street Perth.

     WAFTA @ Wearable Art Mandurah 2018 with Avant Garde Winner Louise Wells. The WA Fibre & Textile Association, in partnership with Louise Wells, are presenting THE ultimate wearable art opportunity.

This five month course commences on 30 September and will cover:

  • Concept development
  • Material choices
  • Tips and techniques
  • Judging criteria
  • Mentoring and instruction
  • Pre-selection photography
  • Artist statements

Suitable for Beginners, Tertiary Students, Groups (1 or 2 people) and Individuals. Places are limited.  Register and pay here (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wafta-wearable-art-mandurah-2018-tickets-36808113057?utm_source=Wearable+Art+Mandurah&utm_campaign=81633245e2-JANUARY_NEWSLETTER_2016_12_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c761d8ef3b-81633245e2-419378373)

WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) has staged their competition for 2017. The best of their emerging and established artists’ works have been presented at Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery (AMAG) and Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM). AMAG featured the competition winners’ garments and CASM’s exhibition recognised youth and first-time entrants. On until 3 September, 2017. Where: Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Ormsby Terrace Mandurah & Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM), 63 Ormsby Terrace Mandurah.  https://wearableartmandurah.com/news/

     A Judge’s Perspective and Artist Talks: Saturday, 2 September at 2pm Join our long-standing judge, Lesley Wilkinson, for a question and answer session.  Understanding the judging process, from pre-selection right through to the main judging day, will elevate your chances in the competition.  Are there any hot tips?  Come and find out! Following this discussion, enjoy a walk around the main gallery as some of this year’s winner’s talk about their inspiration, choice of materials and techniques. Where: Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery (inside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre) Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.

     Artist Talks and Afternoon Tea. Close of Exhibition : Sunday, 3 September at 2pm. Enjoy a gallery tour around CASM as designers talk about their artwork, inspiration, materials and techniques. This is the final day of the exhibition in both galleries. Includes afternoon tea. Where: Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah (CASM) 63 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah.

     CREATIVE REUSE IN WEARABLE ART for aged 18 and under. Join 2017 finalist Jodie Davidson as she presents many practical instructions and ideas to plan and create a wearable art garment for the 2018 competition.
This series of three workshops includes:

  • Workshop One: Concept development, planning and discussing materials
  • Workshops Two and Three: Construction

These school holiday workshops are presented by Mandurah Libraries and are free for aged 18 and under.

When: Wednesday, 27 September 12.30 – 4.30 pm; Tuesday, 3 October 12.30 – 4.30 pm; Wednesday, 4 October 10am – 4pm. Where: Falcon eLibrary and Community Centre, Cnr Flavia Street and Cobblers Avenue, Falcon.
Register your interest here

     Creating Sculptural Forms: Wearable Art at Powertex with Ashley Hay. This workshop will explore a range of innovative techniques for creating sculptural forms and texture in wearable art, using the Powertex medium. During this full day workshop you will create a wearable art piece for part of the body, experimenting with Powertex liquid sculpting medium, polypipe, Styrofoam, cardboard, fabric, paper, alfoil and masking tape. Come along and be inspired… get hands on and go home armed with ideas!!!  Includes Colourtrix metallic effects. From the attendees at the 2016 workshop, three were 2017 Wearable Art Mandurah winners! When: Saturday, 28 October from 9am to 4.30 pm. Where: Powertex Australia, 230 Safety Bay Rd, Safety Bay (Behind Zocalo Mexican Restaurant). COST: $35 Registered Wearable Art Mandurah entrants; $45 Non participants. The facilitation of this workshop is sponsored by Powertex Australia – the only cost is for materials.  Regular workshop and materials fee would normally be $150 pp, Register your interest at: wearableart@mandurah.wa.gov.au materials and tools supplied by Powertex Australia.

     To enter WAM (Wearable Art Mandurah) for 2018: Entries are open now with Early Bird prices ending on 30th September although entries can still be received until 16 December. There are substantial prizes, and the selected garments become part of a well staged performance held over two nights in June 2018 (June 9th & 10th, 2018). The competition is open to participants of all skill levels, ages and design forms. Selection criteria include: Artistic vision; Creativity and originality; Innovative use of materials; Craftsmanship and construction and Visual impact. Wearable Art Mandurah encourages new ways of viewing the world through thought-provoking works of art for the body. More than a competition, it builds capacity through workshops, showcase events and exhibitions of works. Stories are shared, connections formed and skills developed through participants’ creation and presentation of wearable art. The Wearable Art Mandurah team supports and encourages participants throughout the entire design, creation, judging and presentation process. An award winning brand, Wearable Art Mandurah is rapidly becoming a global wearable art leader and receives entries from across the world. https://wearableartmandurah.com/2018-competition/