WoW 2016 – A-cup and Saucer

Here it is.

My entry in the Bizarre Bra section of the 2016 World of Wearableart: A-cup and Saucer. The pun title is my favourite bit of it. Obviously it is an alien and a flying saucer in the night sky. Special thanks to the amazing Cara from Kawaii Klaws for modelling g

This year I went a bit ‘crazy’ and did not use a base bra. Each element has been crocheted, with every sequin hand sewed in to place. It did take quite a long time to make, and I thank you for asking. I can now sew on sequins like a demon. In fact I quite enjoy the process. Just like crochet, I find the repetitive aspect of it quite soothing. Yes, also frustrating, time consuming and sometimes painful (when I stitch into my finger). Enjoyable through all that though none the less.

WoW 2016 – Squarecrow the unsuccessful

I created two entries for the world of Wearableart this year. Luckily I did too as I received my first unsuccessful notification for one of the entries Squarecrow. Thank goodness I had received the successful notification for my Bizarre Bra entry – look out for the big reveal at the completion of the 2016 Awards Show on Friday 23rd September.

At first I was ok with the news. It quickly became sheer and utter disappointment. I was even somewhat embarrassed about it. I think I sulked for almost a week. I am part of a WoW designer forum. Other unsuccessful designers started to share their entries. The ones I saw were very impressive. It only makes me ponder at just how flipping incredible this year’s show promises to be! And seeing these amazing pieces that also were unsuccessful really helped me to feel better about poor old Squarecrow. Now I look at the images my friend Benjamin Nicols of Big Fry captured I can see things that I could have made better or different. I can also see that it is rather impressive. I think I tried to step out of the box I was starting to put myself in with my garment designs. For WoW 2017 I aim to get back in that box. Iterated and am that box. Design phase has commenced. I have been tinkering away with developing patterns for pattern elements and streamlining a concept. As soon as the entry kit is released I’m certain that there’ll be several hundred additional concepts swirling through my brain. I can’t wait!

The utterly gut wrenching news of an unsuccessful entry serves only serves to provide me with the drive, determination and positivity to push on and create garments with my WoW factor style. It has given me a better understanding of what I need to do; of what I can do to make it through next year. I guess it has enforced my belief in my style and ability.

Jumpers and Jazz 2016 – WoW at AOK

This year for Jumpers and Jazz in July I was asked if I would exhibit my World of Wearableart entries in a shop window on the main street of Warwick for the duration of the festival. Of course I said yes! On tree jumper installation day (the hottest in the history of the festival) I also helped Anna and Fay Cox from womens fashion store AOK Clothing with setting up the WoW display.

The feedback I received from Anna was really positive. Anna said that she ‘wished I could see the look of joy on people’s faces.’

Anna also related to me a story. One of her assistant’s was looking at the tree jumpers along Palmer Street. While stopping to look at one of the entries someone said to her “if you think this is good, you should see the display at AOK!”

Sounds like overall the exhibition was well received. It was certainly a delight to see my work all together for the first time. It was like getting the family together for the first time in a long time.

 

Jumpers and Jazz 2016 – Geometree

I heart Jumpers and Jazz in July

Jumpers and Jazz is a winter festival held in Warwick, Queensland the last two weeks of July. I have been involved with the festival’s outdoor tree jumper exhibition since its inception. My tree is located outside the National Australia Bank on Palmerin Street. Jumpers and Jazz is one of my two major projects for the year. Once my WoW entry is finished it is time to get started on my tree jumper.

This year I decided to ‘use up’ left over squares of MDF from one of my WoW entries. Have been hoarding the 2 huge plastic bags that my queen sized mattress came in to utilise somehow either in storage or artistically. I thought it would prove to be a faster option to finish my tree jumper if I were to use a big, fat hook and strips of plastic. It did not prove to be the case – at all! I finished the jumper just days before installation. I snapped an 11.5mm plastic hook and had to locate a third mattress bag to complete the project. In the end I can honestly say that when I was finished the installation it is the first tree jumper I have made that I quite liked, and felt a tingle of pride as I walked away from it. It pretty much destroyed my right shoulder. It was worth every discomfort when I received word that ‘Geometree’ had been named as the winning entry in the Excellence in Knitting and Crochet section. I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging when I say that, this made me a back to back champion! Yeah. That does sound like bragging. But it is also a bloody good result and I am sooo proud of my achievements. This makes my fourth section win. Perhaps I’ll be made the inaugural of the Hall of Honour member next year and thus ineligible for entry? Regardless, I will enter and love Jumpers and Jazz, always.

The Warwick Daily News wrote a really nice article about me and my dabbling with World of Wearableart.

 

 

in.cube8r Gallery Artist Profile

The wonderful people at in.cube8r have profiled me in their blog. you can view the complete interview HERE I sell my pieces exclusively through in.cube8r.

The other most excellent news is that in.cube8r now have an online store! So, if you like me, don’t live near Fitzroy you can make your way online to purchase many of the wonderful pieces of AWESOME they curate in store. That of course means my critters are also available. % items at a time are featured. You can also click HERE to view them.skulka_rainbow6 voodoo-babyx4 reversiball_brain2zombie

Getting cosy

tea-cozy_zombie      tea-cozy_voodooo

I love in.cube8r. I sell my pieces exclusively through in.cube8r Gallery in Fitzroy. Isy and Clare have been very supportive of my craft. Clare takes care of all of the interstate artists. Clare makes sure all our cubes look great and provides advice on what is and isn’t doing well in store. She told me that someone was in looking for a tea cosy and asked if had considered making creepy cute tea cosys? I hadn’t. I’ve made a few tea cosys in my crochet past; mainly when I was learning. At first I couldn’t fathom how to make them. I let the idea wash away as I thought it was too hard and that I couldn’t do it. Clare was persistent though. I made one that I hated and then two more that were a little better. I sent them off. They sold within a week. Shock. And of course the one Ihated was the first find a new home.

egg-cozy_zombie     tea-cozy_frankie

Beer cosys have been a regular in my cube space for about 12 months. Now that I think about it it makes perfect sense that I should have a tree cosy or two in my repertoire. I have also recently included a couple of egg cosys to the range. Each cosy is unique. I make and replace as they sell. Check out my cube space at in.cube8r or contact me for custom orders.

WoW 2015 – Pablo

 

So… it would seem that I am a terribly slack person when it comes to posting on my own website. I haven’t even made mention that at this year’s World of Wearableart Awards Show my entry PABLO was announced as Runner Up in the Children’s Section: Imaginary Friends. Pablo_OOmMCTo say that I was shocked and delighted is an understatement. More accurately flabbergasted and ecstatic! The show this year was very different to previous. Very different, but just as spectacular. I was able to learn that the model in my garment is named Laura. Laura was simply A W E S O M E. The choreography for PABLO and his “imaginer” a young boy brought the character to life. It was fun and whimsical. You can watch the highlights from the show HERE.

The Entry Kit with section details for next year’s awards is out. I have started on design concepts for an entry. I just need to settle on one clear idea and get cracking on it’s construction. The start of April will roll around way too fast!

Hobart the White is in fact the 3rd! …the inside story

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Oh. My. Goodness.

Just completing an entry by the start of April was the target I set myself when I first conceived to enter in the World of Wearableart. The 25th Anniversary Show in 2013 saw my first attempt at putting together an entry. Gary was the product of my imagination. He made it to the stage as a finalist in the Weta Workshop: Crazy curiosities of the creature carnival section. Placing third in my section in this year’s show is almost too beyond my expectations I can barely fathom what just happened!

WoW 2014. This year I completed two entries in two separate sections: Children’s (one colour) and Bizarre Bra. A designer I met last year at WoW, and have since claimed as my friend, suggested submitting a bra to help with the chances of selection for judging.

I had a rough idea in my head how I wanted my creature to end up looking. I start with feet. The feet determined the character and kinda set the mood for the rest of the body. It was while I was working out the first foot that I thought they looked rather like Hobbit feet. I came up with the garment’s name “Hobart” from this. Shhh! Please don’t tell Sir Richard Taylor though!

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The hands and arms were created next along the creation path. The head and face were next. I’ll be honest. Hobart looks much more alienesque than I had anticipated. My original sketches had him looking far more ancient, mystical and peaceful. It came to be that I was creating a teenage yeti, not the old wise sage as I intended out to make. Which as I type this I realise it was pretty silly of me. It is the children’s section after all!

The body. The back flowed easily down from the head. Including all the scales which I had made separately proved challenging. In the end I was thrilled with how they looked. He has to have a tail and a chubby belly. I had designed the costume to be in 2 parts for ease of access for the performer. As I progressed I worked him out to be just a one piece dude.

Fast forward to current day. I arrived home from Wellington last night. Hobart would have been bouncing about the stage at TSB Arena as the plane’s wheels hit the tarmac. My WoW journey is nearly at an end for this year. Hobart and the WoW show have a few more performances yet to perform though. I bring home the joy of having placed in my section. I was on the stage and accepted my award from the Dame Susie Moncrieff. I have interacted with all the designers from New Zealand and the rest of the world. I fan grrrled out and met the wonderfully talented designers I admire David Walker (Lady of the Wood), Lynn Christiansen, Shaun Purucker, Svenja and Michelle Yeager & Tim Merz. My head is swirling with possible concepts for 2015. I’m tired but happy, thrilled in fact!

Hobart-the-White_stuff.co.nzAnd! Hobart made it in to the 2015 WoW Entry Kit booklet! Holy moly!

 

WoW 2014 >>> The Big Reveal!

As a designer entering in the World of Wearableart you have two great big waits.

Entries must be uploaded by the cut off date at the start of April. A quick week goes by before you learn your fate. You are either unsuccessful and keep your entry, or you’re in the next round of judging so you ship it to Nelson in New Zealand. This is the start of the first wait. The results are sent mid July. It’s a good 3 months until you receive the notification on whether your entry will be in the WoW show or not.

The second and bigger, longer wait is until the completion of the Awards Show ceremony at the end of September. It’s another 2 and half months later ( 5 and half all up) before Designers can publicly share their creations with the world. An it is not a moment before the Awards show has completed with prizes and announcements issued. At the post-show supper aka party an “official” announcement was made, “Designers! You can now share your images!”.

Wow-waiting flow chart

It is with great anticipation and pride that I can finally reveal my two entries in the 2014 World of Wearableart. I have tinkered with the images which I used to enter the competition. I am very, very grateful to my friend Ben Nichols for capturing the stunning photos. And to my equally stunning friend Rocky Reed for agreeing to model my crochet brain eating zombie bra.

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

Section: BIZARRE BRA :: Title: BRA_AAAAINSBra-aaains, Bizarre Bra, zombieBra-aaains, Bizarre Bra, ZombieSection: CHILDREN – one colour :: Title: HOBART THE WHITE

WoW, Crochet Yeti

WoW, Crochet Yeti

 

Voodoo in FNQ

A chance error in posting images to the wrong Facebook page has lead to a few of my pieces now haunting L’Artté in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland.

The initial delivery consisted of a small contingent of Ritual de la Voodoo dolls and a 5 man team of Skulkas. Hopefully they’ll be snapped up quickly ready for another batch to follow in their footsteps.

5 crochet skulls, skulkas

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