The colours and shapes of the desert are an unending source of inspiration for Alice Springs artists and audiences alike. Judges of last night's sell-out Wearable Arts Awards stamped their approval on creations drawing on this source. Story by KIERAN FINNANE, pictures and video by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Central Craft member Georgie Yovanovic is on a disability pension with limited financial means but through sponsorship of the St Vincent de Paul Society she’s been able to get a plethora of recycled garments to compete in Saturday’s Wearable Art Awards.
Mother, father and three daughters came together to win the Fantasia category and were chosen for acquisition at the annual Wearable Arts Awards on Saturday. Mother is Colleen Byrnes, a veteran of the awards and multiple prize-winner over the years. Husband Tony joined her as creator and together they fashioned from metal pieces, test tubes, wires and crystals exquisitely detailed bird-like forms to adorn Shae, Bec and Nikki in their Fluoro Swan Trilogy (pictured). The trio's appearance on stage was greeted with gasps of awe and appreciation from the audience, the only time this happened en masse during this year's presentation, no doubt helping to assure them of a win. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Slideshow photos in order of appearance: Fluoro Swan Trilogy by Colleen and Tony Byrnes (two shots); Wings in Flight by Colleen Byrnes; Aurora Solaris by Liza Balmer, Julia Burke and Jo Boniface; Lady (ooh) Lala by Carmel Ryan; From Rags to Glad Rags by Philomena Hali; Tie the Knot by Carmel Ryan; Nomadic Goddess by Tamara Burlando; Down the Rabbit Hole (Alice) by Mikael Bennion; The Future is Fantastic by Alecia Mc Nuff; Paradise Lost / Ulysses is Dying by Marge Coogan and Laurel Clegg; ensemble shot, showing Duprada Ballet Company dancers and Master Class entries. PHOTOS by KIERAN FINNANE.