The inaugural exhibition of "Uplifting" Art Bras for a Cause, over the weekend of 1st-3rd December, 2017, was a HUGE success! Organisers, volunteers, artists, judges and sponsors all came together for a common cause - to raise awareness of Breast Cancer by engaging the community through art, in support of Pink Ribbon. The number of entries received was overwhelming, with over 60 Art Bras on exhibition, including one that came all the way from Canada entitled, "Baby its Cold Outside" by Roslind Sherman. With the high standard of artwork and diversity of techniques demonstrated, Judges Barb Thoms (City of Mandurah) and Jacq Chorlton (Wearable Art Mandurah Winner) had their work cut out for them! Breast in Show (Best) was awarded to Donna Ree Muir for "Tits in a Tangle", made from Polymer Clay, with the intricacy of the design and the sophistication of technique wowing the judges! A piece that could easily be mistaken for fabric as you walk past... only to realise, upon closer inspection, the hours of work that must have gone into creating each element! The Power-Up Award, for best use of Powertex, went to Lin Reading for "Twin Peaks". Most Titillating (Humorous) was awarded to Sue Calderbank for "A Family Affair". Cups of Creativity (most Creative) went to Melissa Walmsely for "Need a Lift?" which was a fabulous interpretation of "Uplifting", and finally the Bra-tastic Award (People's Choice) went to Di M. Christie for "I am More than My Breast". Each artist received a beautiful framed archival art print by Matthew Johnstone (Drawn from Experience) plus some other fabulous prizes that were donated by our generous sponsors (listed below). CONGRATULATIONS to the winners, WELL DONE to all the contributing artists and a BIG THANK YOU to our sponsors... without you all the event would not have been possible! The Art Bras that have been donated by the artists, to this event, will be auctioned next year... so stay tuned... more news coming soon!!!!
"Uplifting" Art Bra Exhibition Opening Awards Night at VIVID Gallery Mandurah WA
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The year is racing away... and we are already in the third quarter of our monthly Inspiration Agenda!! If you are new to the Powertex community, each month we have set a theme to inspire your creativity... June's theme was "Ice" for some chilly winter inspiration.... Think "Ice Queen"... "Ice River"... "Ice Art"... "Iceland"... just for starters! The new theme for July is "White Christmas" lending itself to a continuation of the "Ice" theme... What will you create??? Join the Powertex Australia Group on Facebook today to share your creations... I look forward to seeing your "Icy" Artworks!!!!
As a sponsor of this years Wearable Art Mandurah competition, Powertex Australia offered the inaugural Powertex Award. It was exciting to see so many artists inspired to experiment with the medium to create innovative sculptural form in their garments. Marie Gallin and Helen Coleman, who both attended the popular Powertex workshop - Creating Sculptural Form in Wearable Art, with Ashley Hay - were major category winners. Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman were awarded Artist of the Year with their creation, "Boab".... their headdress demonstrated sophisticated, experimental use of Powertex, whilst the integration of the beautiful textile details with the medium was stunning.
Pictured: "Boab" by Marie Gallin & Jude Tupman. Photography by Elle Norgard.
Mandurah Artist, Helen Coleman won the Architectural Category with "Icarus Rising"... the innovative use of Powertex to create the bone structures of the wings and the ingenious design of the form to make it robust as it moved with the body was glorious... set against the gorgeous encaustic wax feathers the effect was incredible!
Pictured: "Icarus Rising" by Helen Coleman. Photography by Elle Norgard.
,The Winner of this year's inaugaral Powertex Award went to Silver Chain clients from Mandurah, Rockingham & Fremantle, in collaboration with Mandurah artist Carol Hazel, for "Sands of Time". The team experimented with various creative applications of Powertex in their garment. With Powertex used in nearly all the elements of the design it was a winner!
Pictured: "Sands of Time" by Silver Chain in collaboration with Carol Hazel. Photography by Elle Norgard.
There were many other beautiful garments that used Powertex. Featured below is "Khloris" by Suzette Darcy.
Pictured: "Khloris" by Suzette Darcy. Photography by Elle Norgard
Congratulations to all the designers in this years Wearable Art Mandurah competition... your artwork is incredible!
If you're like me... a day, a week or a month can fly past without making time to create! It is really easy to get caught up in the busyness of life in our crazy modern age!!! So I've come up with 3 Easy Steps to help you to increase your Creative Productivity... these are some of the things that I do to avoid distractions and keep myself on track… I hope you find them useful:
1. Have a REASON to create: your 'reason' may be to create an artwork each month based on the Powertex inspiration agenda, so that by the end of the year you have 12 completed artworks! How AWESOME would that be!!!
2. SCHEDULE some time in your daily/weekly or monthly routine to create. The amount of time you allocate for your creativity is up to you... you may only want to allocate 1 day per month... whatever you decide stick to it!!! Write it in your calendar so that you are committed to that time... if something comes up be sure to re-allocate that creative time somewhere else in your schedule. Imagine how good it will feel to set some time aside for yourself!
3. CHALLENGE yourself: book into a workshop to learn something new or try a new product and see what you can do with it! You'll be amazed at your creativity!!!
If you struggle to find a creative space why don't you try implementing these simple strategies for 12 weeks in the next quarter of our Inspiration Calendar... use the Inspiration Calendar as your reason to create, schedule some time and challenge yourself to try some new approaches... I hope it makes a difference!!! Let me know how you go!!! Don't forget to join the Powertex Australia Group on Facebook so that you can share your creations, click here... to join the community today!
I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and that you’re continuing to get some relaxation with your family and friends over the holiday season... BUT, perhaps, like me, you are already looking toward the New Year and planning those 2017 goals of yours! If finding more time to create - or getting creative in 2017 - is one of your goals... Powertex Australia has created an Inspiration Agenda to get your creative juices flowing! Here's a sneak peak for Jan-March... you may like to work along with us on the themes... we'll be providing you with FREE information along the way... so stay tuned for that!!!
"Luminous" - created with Powertex - will be on show this week (18th-22nd May) at the Perth Convention Centre as part of the Craft & Quilt Fair... So if you're going to the show be sure to find the Common Threads Wearable Art Stand.... Ashley Bowley will be there to chat with you about the possibilities of Powertex and to answer your questions regarding the techniques used in her garment.
"Luminous" is just one of eight incredible garments on display, created by some very talented designers... so why not take this opportunity to talk with the artists and discover what's behind the pieces... I hope to see you there!
Above: "Luminous" by Ashley Bowley pictured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase 2016, presented by Act Belong Commit.
Shout -out!!! The Stretch Festival in Mandurah has begun and next Saturday night (7th May) promises to be a great evening... Garments from around Australia & overseas will be featured in the Common Threads Wearable Art Showcase, presented by Act-Belong-Commit at MPAC!!! This has become one of Perth's premier events in the Arts and is a "must see"... so if you are in WA get your tickets and come along... it just keeps getting better & better each year!!!! Click here for tickets or here for more information about the Showcase...
A few of the designers have used Powertex in their pieces including Rosie Chalken's "Pillar of Salt" - which is an amazing piece created with recycled cardboard & hundreds of toilet rolls formed into the most beautiful paper tulle; Deb Hiller & Cathie Creswell's "Cog-nitive Beauty" - with a Steam-punk feel and Ashley Bowley's (aka me!) "Luminous" which is very linear and all about light & shadows dancing on the ground... Julie Smith also used Powerprint for the image transfers on her gorgeous garment "Hope Lights the Way".
There will also be a Designers Corner in the Foyer of MPAC for the weekend of 7th-8th May 10am-4pm where you will be able to meet some of the artists. I will be there with my wearable art garment from 2014 and will be demonstrating some of the techniques used in my 2016 entry… as well as a few other textural explorations with Powertex... so if you're curious or need a bit of inspiration... come down & have a chat!!! I hope to see you there! Below is a pic of my garment "Luminous"... (photographed by Travis Hayto)
Last weekend I had the pleasure of running workshops in Geraldton with Tara, Suzanne & Susannah (from 2Wards Polymer Clay)... it was a fabulous weekend of fun, food, wine & creativity!!! The workshop location on Suzanne & Peter's farm at Yetna was superb and their hospitality was incredible... I'm returning this weekend to conduct Powertex & Mixed Media on Saturday & Powerprint & Mixed Media on Sunday... please contact me if you would like to attend. Pictured below are some of the artworks...
Renee & I had the pleasure of attending the opening of "Uncorked", an exhibition of artworks by Honor Lovis, Mary Crawford & Roger Reading @ Houghtons Winery last weekend. If you get a chance go along & have a look before it finishes... the diversity and colour is incredible... and Honor Lovis has created some awesome artworks with Powertex... you won't be disappointed! Open daily 10am-4pm until 30th September. Check it out!!!
Kerin Thorne was the lucky winner of our $250 Prize draw at the WA Craft Show... She first came across Powertex in May at the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair... then she came to a Fairy Workshop at Powertex Australia & following this, organised an Arty Party with some friends... This is the first time someone has won the draw that has been to my workshops... which is fabulous! Kerin was keen to put the prize towards workshops (instead of products) and is now a Certified Powertex Trainer... so watch this space as she'll be running Powertex workshops in the Thornlie area soon!
Ashley Bowley is the owner of Powertex Australia and the Importer for Powertex Fabric Hardener, in Australia. Ashley has become a great advocate for this amazing product and wishes to share her excitement about the versatility of Powertex with others.