Image 8The inaugural broadcast of The Fine Line, Central Craft’s weekly crafts program went to air on Tuesday 22nd Cctober 2013. Through the generous support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, The Fine Line aims to connect craftspeople living across the centre in Central Australia and the Barkly.

The first broadcast celebrated the adoption of the well-loved community arts event – the Wearable Art Awards by Central Craft. Central Craft has been a long-standing partner of the Wearable Art Awards, through ongoing sponsorship and a shared vision to inspire and support craft practice at all levels in Central Australia.

The Wearable Art Awards have been inspiring entrants from diverse cultural backgrounds, age groups and skill levels in innovative expression through the form of ‘Wearable Art’. For months creators have been working on pieces to enter in one of three categories: Fantasia, Natural Fibre and Recycled and/or Found Objects. Audiences never cease to be amazed and impressed by the materials creators use to make their entries. From flowers and bone to elastic hair bands and discarded Barbie dolls, creators have given everyday items a new life as a work of wearable art.

Central Craft member Diana Rankine spoke with 3 of the creators, Georgie Yovanovic, Caroline Green and Philomena Hali when they dropped off their creations at the Araluen Theatre on Sunday 20th October. The creators shared their ‘wearable art’ experiences and where their inspirations for their pieces had come from.

Central Craft shared the exciting news that joining the show this year as MC is one of Australia’s most significant designer-makers and a trail-blazer in Australian fashion, Linda Jackson. In the mid 1970’s she had a unique Australian vision that found inspiration in Australia’s cultural, natural landscape and the art of Indigenous Australians. Together with business partner Jenny Kee she established Flamingo Park in the Strand Arcade in 1973, housing a collection of important designers that included clothing, textiles and original artwork. She has also exhibited as a painter and photographer. She was one of many Australian artists and fashion designers in the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Australian Fashion: the Contemporary Art. Linda, now based in Queensland, synthesises couture glamour, nationalist imagery, environmental awareness and Australian inspired design in fashion and textiles.

With tickets almost all sold out, and with the support of many individuals and businesses, including key advertising sponsor, Central Digital Ten, Central Craft is proud to present the Central Ten Wearable Art Awards 2013 on Saturday 26th October, 7:30pm at the Araluen Art Centre. Bookings: (08)8951 1122

Diana Rankine talks with Georgie Yovanovic, Caroline Green and Philomena Hali, wearable art creators.

Broadcast: Tuesday 22 October 2013 at 12 noon on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM

Producer:   Jen Standish-White

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