A bit overwhelmed by the artist statements required for the pre-selections submission? Don’t panic! Read below for a simple explanation about the difference between the artist statements, and some tips for getting them done!
100 Word Artist Statement
The 100 word artist statement is used in the judging materials for both pre-selection and main judging. It may also be used for directional signage if your garment is exhibited, such as in the CASM exhibition. The 100 word artist statement is a space for you to tell the judges, and the public, why you chose to create your garment the way that you did. It can cover your motivations, inspirations or process. However, it is NOT the materials list; that comes later. You should take this chance to tell the people looking at your garment anything pertinent that you think will assist them to interpret it.
The 100 word artist statement can be written in any form you like, such as prose or poetry. However, keep in mind that the 100 word artist statement should complement and support your garment and if the artist statement is too difficult to understand it may confuse people who are interpreting your garment; including the Judges!
Tips: The Wearable Art Mandurah team will check spelling and basic grammar for all artist statements, however, we can’t make any changes to your artist statement. So, make sure your artist's statement reads well. Check for long sentences, punctuation and misspelled words (make sure you don’t write mange when you mean manage etc). Try reading it aloud to yourself or a friend.
If you are having trouble writing your 100-word artist statement try writing some dot points about what interests you about your garment, why you chose the theme you did, and what you want a person looking at your garment to feel. Then you can expand these dot points to make your artist statement.
50 Word artist statement
Wearable Art Mandurah asks for a 50-word artist statement for use in the showcase and exhibition catalogues. The 50-word limit is firmly adhered to as there is minimal space per garment in these publications so brevity is key! Your 50-word artist statement is a brief teaser as to the meaning of your garment so stick to the key points. You can submit a shortened version of your 100-word artist statement for your 50-word artist statement, or write something completely different.
Tips: If you are having trouble writing your 50-word artist statement try explaining your garment to a friend in a single sentence. Write down what you said. This will help you identify what you feel is most important about your garment, and will most likely be about 50 words!
The materials list is also used in the judging book, as an accompaniment to the 100-word artist statement. You are welcome to simply list your materials or to give a brief explanation about why you chose to use certain materials. If you used a particular technique this is the time to make the judges aware of it.
Tips: Due to space restraints in the judging book please write lists of materials horizontally, separated by commas rather than as a vertical list e.g. glue, Sellotape, voile, lace.
Saturday night’s Wearable Arts-Mandurah Showcase at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre (MPAC) added more weight to Mandurah’s growing reputation as a vibrant regional centre for the arts.
A full house was treated to a spectacular visual arts display – with work from local and international artists.
Showcase Artistic Director Bernie Bernard said the night had been built around the heroes of the night – the garments.
The night featured singing, dancing, acting and a cinematic audio visual backdrop that worked to enhance those heroes.
“This was the first time I have worked in this space and MPAC is fantastic, as are the local technical crew,” Ms Bernard said.
“More importantly the vast majority of the cast for this performance – the singers, the dancers, the actors, were local Mandurah talent,” she said.
City of Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams, who presented the night’s big award – the Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year said the event was more than a competition, it was also about building community capacity through workshops, events, and school arts projects.
“This is a great example of how we are now working at the City of Mandurah,” he said.
“Everything we do is about community pride, belief and our story – and being a cultural leader is an important element of Mandurah’s new story. This was a showcase of what we can do and it was made more special by the local talent’s contribution.
“Thanks must go to the major sponsors - Healthway promoting the Act- Belong -Commit message, and the Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries.
“There was also support from a number of local sponsors – and we thank them for their commitment to the event and the City of Mandurah, “the Mayor said.
The winner of the major award for the night – Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year was Jacq Chorlton. Her garment – Sky and Water III featured black corflute birds, inner tube feathers and handmade embossed aluminium fish.
“Jacq’s work was a wonderful take on Escher’s illustrations – and innovative a creative use of recyclable materials,” said one of the judges, Paul O’Connor.
The 2018 Wearable Art Mandurah winners are:
Wearable Art Mandurah Artist of the Year – Jacq Chorlton (Sky and Water III)
International Artist of the Year – Antoaneta Tica from Romania (Are You Thirsty?)
Creative Reuse Award – Suzette Darcey (LacusCurtivs)
TAFTA Inc Award – Marie Gallin and Jude Tupman (Patches Off)
Gillian Kaye Peebles Youth Award – Kiana Murphy (Life is a Jigsaw)
First Time Entrant Award – Alina Stanila (Time Travel)
Tertiary Highly Commended Award, presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Kirsten Springvloed (Star Power)
Tertiary Student Category presented by WA Fibre and Textile Association – Rochelle Pieres (Wild Swans)
Avant Garde Category presented by Onyx Hair and Beauty Crew – Larissa Murdock (Gaiascope)
Transformation Category – Elizabeth Morley (Takes Grit)
Metallic Category – Deb Hiller (Metal Maiden)
Youth Award presented by Reading Cinemas – Oceana Piccone (Morphett’e)
Congratulations to the following designers from the Avant-Garde, Metallic and Transformation categories who have successfully advanced to the next round of judging.
The core of Wearable Art Mandurah is the design competition and each year we are blown away with the creativity, innovation and skill displayed in the garments.
Please note: Youth and Tertiary Pre-selection judging will be announced separately.
Are you Thirsty?
Barbara Morejon & Marlene Gruetter
The Butterfly Collector
Light in the Darkness
It takes a Village to Raise a Child
Jacq Chorlton & Julie Smith
Jennie Abbott & Lyn Nixon
The Bird Cage
The Paradox of a Woman
Alanna Gardner Bell
En Pointe On Pasture
The Mariner's Treasure
Carol Hazel & Amanda Brown
The Getting of Wisdom
Sky and Water III
... Talkin' About my Generation
Singing the Land
Jo Court & Sarah Walker
Deception: A Love Story
Jude Tupman & Marie Gallin
I'm Still Me
A huge amount of time, energy and love goes into the creative process, and we congratulate all the artists who submitted a garment for pre-selection.
Information on the next stage of judging will be available soon. In the meantime showcase tickets are on sale from 9 March, and will sell fast. Tickets are available online or from the MPAC Box Office (08) 9550 3900. All designers who submitted a garment for pre-selection are eligible for a free showcase ticket.
Know any young creatives or budding designers? Limited spectator tickets are available for the Youth judging day 24 March 2018. Contact Wearableart@mandurah.wa.gov.au to reserve yours.