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Doilies, milk bottles for Wearable Art Showcase spectacular
The unveiling of a fabulous piece of wearable art that has travelled Australia for almost the last seven months has set the scene for what promises to be the best Wearable Arts Mandurah Showcase yet.

Wearable Art Mandurah, La Mariposa, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre,
Emilie Johnstone-Maher wearing Satori, Tash Kennedy wearing La Mariposa, Maddison Hall in Fireflies and Esme Gibson in Cognitive Beauty as part of the reveal for Wearable Art Mandurah in the Murray St Mall. Picture Allen Newton


The costume, La Mariposa, is inspired by the Butterfly Woman from Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book Women Who Run With Wolves.

Dr Estes uses myths and fairy tales to help women re-connect to "the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature".
The interpretation of La Mariposa, from seven Australian artists, was unveiled at a pop-up event in the Murray St Mall in the City of Perth to curious passers-by in April.

Codenamed Whispers, the work of art was started by Deb Hiller in WA before being handed on to Sue Sacchero, also in WA, then Tanya da Silva in NSW, Larissa Murdock in Queensland, Stephanie Powell in NSW, Philomena Hali in the Northern Territory before making its way back to WA artist Louise Wells for the creation of a cocoon used to allow the butterfly inside to be revealed.

Collectively the artists have spent nearly seven months working on the project, each of them putting in hundreds of hours of work.

The Murray St event was aimed to highlight this year's Wearable Art Showcase at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on June 10 and 11.

The full length theatrical production is a real spectacular showing off the wearable creations alongside a brilliant cast of professional theatre, dancers and musicians, led by Melbourne-based Artistic Director Helen Duncan.

Tash Kennedy, La Mariposa, Mandurah Wearable Art
Tash Kennedy models La Mariposa as part of the Murray St Mall reveal. Picture Allen Newton


Wearable Art Mandurah started in 2011 as part of the Stretch Arts Festival and attracted 13 entries, but since then has taken on a life of its own with extraordinary works of wearable art coming in from all over Australia and some from overseas. It's part of a movement in Wearable Art that is taking hold around the world.

Entries in Wearable Art Mandurah have featured everything from milk bottles, stubby coolers, mop heads, seaweed, bubble wrap, four generations of doilies, nappy liners, rubber gloves, gum nuts and coffee pods to create amazing and extravagant wearable works of art.

In 2017 entries are 30 percent up on last year with 114 entries and 40 awe-inspiring finalists. In 2016 there were 86 entries and 35 finalists.

This year's international entries have come from Romania, Switzerland and New Zealand and nationally as far apart as Alice Springs, Darwin, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland.

Last year's Showcase at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre was a sell-out so this year the season has been extended to two shows, one on Saturday evening, June 10 and an afternoon show on Sunday, June 11.

Mayor Marina Vergone said Wearable Art Mandurah calls on local, national and international artists and creatives to explore and create extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body.

"The competition keeps growing and this year's competition is really taking shape with the judging uncovering a great range of interesting and thought-provoking garments," she said.

For further information and to buy Showcase tickets, go to the website here.
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Why? An extraordinary showcase of wearable art in a full-length showcase featuring a brilliant cast of professional dancers and musicians.
When: Saturday, June 10 at 6.30pm; Sunday, June 11 at 2.30pm
Phone: 08 9550 3900
Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, 3 Peel Street, Mandurah WA
Cost: Adult $34, concession card holders $25, under 18 $17
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Very innovative costumes, Newt!
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