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!
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.