Act-Belong-Commit Elevate arts
ABOUT WORN OUT WORN ART
For 13 years the Worn Out Worn Art (WOWA) parade has captivated audiences, showcasing wearable costume designs by local primary and secondary school students in a celebration of creative thinking and environmental consciousness.
Previously held at the annual Darlington Arts Festival, the performance was held for the first time this year at Midland Junction Arts Centre and welcomed school students and adults to participate in this celebration of wearable art for the body.
In the lead up to the parade, workshops have been held for children and adults to customise recycled materials and upcycle clothing to reconnect with ‘lost skills’ and work against consumerism. Working with industry professionals including designers, makers and artists, workshops explored fabric manipulation techniques, clothing deconstruction/reconstruction and sculptural forms using newspaper, cardboard and other recycled materials.
This year WOWA featured not only the parade, but also present the Worn Out Worn Art Exhibition by eleven Western Australian artists.
This year’s WOWA parade showcased an extravaganza of art for the body from transformed discarded materials. Kalamunda Senior High, Corridors College, Malvern Springs Primary, Mundaring Christian College and independent entries presented their artworks in a spectacle of upcycled wearable artworks.
Volunteers, Mundaring Arts Centre staff, WOWA co-ordinator Sarah Zel Chescoe and choreographer Lynne Williams met with participants early in the day to prepare hair and makeup and rehearse. Makeup was designed to complement themes including Neon Jungle, Gothic Delirium, and an array of Egyptian and Gamer inspired costumes.
Over 40 participants outfitted from head to toe in eye-catching costumes took part in the parade which attracted a huge audience of over 150 people, in addition to the many exhibition visitors, with musical duo Eerie Anne performing for the crowd as they gathered to watch the parade.
A big thank you to our judges; City of Swan Councillor Claire Scanlan, artist Andrea Day and MAC Curator Greg Sikich for awarding the fifteen prizes. Thank you also to our sponsors Act-Belong-Commit Elevate Arts and Healthway, Shire of Mundaring, City of Swan and Jacksons Drawing Supplies as we as Lyn and Richard Woldendorp, and all the schools, parents, volunteers and staff. WOWA 2018 was a fabulous showcase of local talent. A huge congratulations to all involved.
The Worn Out Worn Art exhibition will run from 24 November – 21 December.
If you are interested in taking part in WOWA 2019 and to receive further updates please register your interest by completing the form below.
Photographs by Josh Wells
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 WINNERS
CREATIVITY & ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
Phoenix Preston - Impicciatore Kalamunda Senior High
Mary Ann Dawson
LYN WOLDENDORP AWARD
Lizzie Rice Kalamunda Senior High
Mundaring Christian College
Malvern Springs PS
MOST ENTERTAINING PERFORMANCE
DESIGN & ORIGINALITY
Mundaring Christian College
Mackenzie Walker Kalamunda Senior High