World Of Wearable Art 2018
The WOW awards show is a world renowned creative competition which showcases the work of some of the most creative minds from across the globe. For over 30 years this amazing competition has been challenging to create a piece of wearable art that is original, innovative and truly exceptional.
In 2018 I was priviledged to be one of the 140 finalists chosen from hundreds of international entrants. I then went on to win the 2nd Prize in the Reflective Surfaces category with my Hilandera entry.
My garment is now on show at the WOW museum in Nelson, New Zealand.
Las Hilanderas (“The Spinners”) by Velazquez, also known as the Fable of Arachne, was the source of inspiration for the garment Hilandera.
Velazquez’s painting depicting the fable shows the mortal Arachne challenged by the goddess Athena to a weaving competition. On winning, Athena turned Arachne into a spider.
Like a spider I weaved onto a circular frame, treating threads with resins and weaving in graduated colours to create the garment. The beauty of the resulting garment is the lightness, the sinuosity of the curvaceous shapes lightly wrapping the body in an infinite loop.