Mullumbimby Steiner School announces fifteenth Wearable Arts event

For everyone who wishes they could have gone to a Steiner school, where beauty and creativity are part of the curriculum, Shearwater's Wearable Arts is an opportunity to unleash your imagination (and your sewing machine, hot glue gun or maybe even your welder!).

This year marks the Mullumbimby Steiner school's fifteenth Wearable Arts event, known by staff and students as WAVE – Wearable Arts Vision in Education, and the school is calling on creatives from around Australia to enter costumes.

The title of this year's event is 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent industry judges and vie for a prize pool of almost $8,000, making the event one of Australia's largest.

Costumes, which must be relevant to one of the event's five sections, can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries are then incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.

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According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, it is always an exciting moment when the intricate and extravagant garments begin arriving at the school, where they are embraced by the student-led production, an all-singing all-dancing theatrical spectacular.

“The story is always drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood," sais Rushton.

A highlight of the school’s performing arts calendar, the event is also a ton of fun, with around 200 students taking on roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers.

"The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and capable adults,” said Rushton.

The performances will take place from November 7 to 10.  All entry forms must be received by October 16. A late entry fee will apply to entry forms received after September 27. Closing date for costume entries is October 22.

See the shearwaterperformingarts.com website for section descriptions and an entry form for the 2018 event, as well as an explanation of what defines wearable art and photos and video of previous Wearable Arts performances at Shearwater. 

If you require any further information about Wearable Arts, please contact costume entry supervisor Praba Manning prabam@shearwater.nsw.edu.au or phone Shearwater on (02) 6684 3223.

Woven Sculpture, Wearable Art and Sound Installation at Dust Temple

DUST TEMPLE
Presents

NEST
Exploring The Ephemeral Nature Of Home

 Saturday 7th July - Thursday 2nd August

@ DUST TEMPLE, 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin

OPENING NIGHT - Saturday 7th July 2018 @ 6pm

 

A Multiple Disciplinary Art Exhibition


Featuring Woven Sculpture,  Wearable Art, and Sound Installation as a unique body of work created by two local emerging artists

Anaheke Metua & WHAIA

Diving deep into their cultural roots and showcasing a unique set of skills in woven sculpture, wearable art, and sound installation
these bold and authentic artists have created an exhibition that is a compelling ode to the strength,
beauty, and skill of our avian counterparts.
 
Their
complimentary artworks explore the rich symbolism of the NEST as an ephemeral home through texture, malleability, colour, use of raw materials, sound and video.



Sculptor and Fibre Artist
 
Anaheke Metua

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This body of work is a retrospective view of the many and varied homes that have shaped Anaheke’s life and work as an artist.
 
This process has nurtured an inward journey through her bloodlines, cultural
beliefs and behaviors regenerating her idea of  home to reshape and strengthen her NEST for the next generation.


Sonic Weaver

&

Wearable Arts Designer


Whaia creates a range of Fine Art Headwear embellished with a wide spectrum of crystals, up-cycled antique jewelry, and fabrics complimenting the energy of each individual piece,
destined to get your attention and awaken the inner Goddess

As a ‘Sonic Weaver’, Whaia integrates her collection of Traditional First Nations instruments, Singing Crystal Bowls and divine vocals, bringing forth her unique delivery of Sacred Sonic Ceremonies.

Whaia nurtures you through her meditation sound journeys, creating an atmosphere that is sure to put a lasting resonance in your cells.


 

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake : A performance residency in Byron

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

Photograph by Sharne Wolff @sharnorama

We first became aware of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake when a large, pink ghostlike figure covered in pom poms turned up silently at our winter issue launch party at Thom Gallery.  Lingering at the door and seemingly alone, the figure was quickly ushered in and became the talk of the party. Who had invited him (it?)? We still don't have the answer. 

Now,  Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present the earth-quaking, Neo-Dada, punk-crafted explosion of Monkey Monkey Shake Shake. MMSS combine music, performance, costume, dance, art, comedy, animation and film - creating their own irresistible mythology, characters and genre-defying world. Prepare to be delighted, and slightly confused!

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake was created in 2014 when Sheldon wrote a song about a Grizzly Bear. His creative partner Sem usually animated the songs but they were sick of being stuck in the studio after a long year of completing a kids' DVD called 'Little Frog'.


So they dumped the computers, designed costumes with artist & collaborator, Myo and made themselves into live characters. They danced and filmed the Grizzly Bear song on the streets of Byron and Brisbane. Then Tokyo. Then Seoul.

 

There was something that crossed culture, age, sex, boundaries. People came out of their shell.

So they wrote more songs, made more costumes, and performed on more streets, at a rabbi party, a gallery in Seoul, Brisbane Powerhouse, Splendour in the Craft at Splendour in the Grass 2016-17, beaches, train stations, and AGI Open - the world's most respected design conference.

During their four-week season at Lone Goat Gallery, MMSS will present an installation, video and documentaries, workshop and live performances, turning the gallery into an open residency and studio. On any day, visitors might encounter the artists at work, rehearsing, recording, creating new works - or in their absence, the evolving residue and outcome of their activity.

 

EXHIBITION: August 11 until September 6 2017
OPENING AND PERFORMANCE: Saturday 12 August 4-6pm – Free

Workshop

Monkey Monkey Shake Shake will collaborate with artist and costumier Myo Yim to present a Grizzly Bear Felt Hat Workshop and Grizzly Bear picnic on Saturday August 26 from 12-3pm at Lone Goat Gallery. The workshop is $65 including all materials and afternoon tea. Place limited to 25 persons.
 

PROGRAM
GRIZZLY BEAR FELT HAT WORKSHOP: Saturday 26 August 12-3pm

PERFORMANCE: Saturday 26 August 4pm – Free
Hosted by artist and costumier Myo Yim
$65 per person,
25 places available
Afternoon tea supplied
Bookings: lonegoatgallery@gmail.com