Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Wearable Art Show Call for Artists!

Back in February, I took part in a publicity event to put out a call for artists to participate in the Wearable Art Show because this year I was chosen to be a Runway Challenger!!!  The Wearable Art Show has two main portions: an open call portion, where anybody can create a piece of wearable art from anything, and put in on a model down the runway; and the runway challenge, where six artists are each paired with a local business and they have to create wearable art using items from that business.

Visual artist Shannon Taylor puts the finishing touches on model Ashton Swinnerton during the launch of the Open Call for Wearable Art presented by Public Energy as three artists are challenged to make instant wearable art in just 30 minutes for Public Energy's sixth annual Wearable Art Show on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, Ont. The launch showed off the kind of creativity that is in store for the Wearable Art Show coming in May. Two of the artists, Kathryn and Sarah, will be featured in this year's Wearable Art Show, while the third artist Shannon is a veteran of past shows. The art show will also have five special components, the open call for wearable art, Strutt's Central wearable art for youth, live art creations, the silent auction and the runway challenge. The event takes place at Market Hall on Saturday, May 14 starting at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for table seats up close to the runway. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network
Photo credit to Clifford Skarstedt of the Peterborough Examiner
That's me on the left. At the event, we had half an hour to make an outfit using a bunch of random papers, old pamphlets and brochures, and a variety of other things. Half an hour is not very long, but it was a lot of fun! Local media came out and you can check out the coverage here and here.

Today is the draw to pair me and the other artists up with our local businesses. I am excited for the challenge! We have one month to come up with something amazing, and then the show is May 14. Last year I participated in the open call portion, post to follow soon. This year as a challenger, it's not a simple walk down the runway, myself and the model have to choreograph a performance of sorts, to last about 3 minutes... that's a long time! I also would not even dare to suggest that I am actually a choreographer, but we need to come up with a routine or something. My initial thoughts are to tell a story visually. I am excited but a bit nervous about the whole thing... More to come.

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