Entries now open for 2016 Common Threads competition

The City of Mandurah is excited to announce that entries are now open for next year’s Common Threads Wearable Art Competition, part of the annual Stretch Arts Festival.

The 2016 Wearable Art Competition will challenge designers and creative minds to explore the theme ILLUMINATION.

Common Threads was first introduced into the Stretch program in 2011, with the aim of providing a platform for local designers to present their creations.

The event has grown from a small designer show featuring 18 garments and one body art entry to become a major highlight of the festival program, complete with a fashion showcase and exhibition.

This year’s theme was Fabrication, with the showcase event playing out in front of a packed crowd on Mandurah Performing Arts Centre’s main stage.

Adding to the excitement, 2015 was the first year the competition went global, with international entries received from the USA and New Zealand, as well as local and national submissions.

First place winner with her piece Icosahedron, Bunbury artist Kerry Gelmi won a trip to New Zealand to attend the 2015 World of Wearable Art Showcase.

Common Threads Wearable Art is described as extravagant, revolutionary, provocative works of art on the body. It crosses disciplines including textile art, sculpture, full body painting and construction and involves many skill levels.

The competition provides a great opportunity and platform for people to share their creative pieces and engage in their local community.

To register your interest in the 2016 Common Threads Wearable Art Event, please contact the Stretch team on 9550 3777 or stretch@mandurah.wa.gov.au