Veteran designer won't let it be.RHIANNON GAVALAKIS July 29, 2014 3:10am
Angus cattle farmer Jean Duff from Euroa is no stranger to creating pieces of wearable art from agricultural materials used or found on a farm.
This year’s Elmore Field Days will mark her eighth year entering the Ag Art Wear competition.
Her most recent creation ‘Beetle Beauty’ was made using white baling net, green plastic packing from fruit boxes, leaves and real Christmas beetles.
‘‘I found the beetles when I was on my morning walk one day before Christmas and the lovely colours caught my eye,’’ Mrs Duff, 79, said.
‘‘So the next day I started picking them up and I thought, ‘What will I do with them?’,’’ she said.
Her unique tree-inspired garment took nearly three months to construct, and will be entered in the Avant Garde section.
The seasoned competitor won the ultimate Ag Art Wear prize in 2011 — a trip to the New Zealand Agricultural Field Days — with her creation ‘Clear Thinking’.
‘‘It’s the challenge of creating something new that I love, that is what attracts me to the event,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve already won the trip to New Zealand so that isn’t the holy grail at this stage.
‘‘I will be 80 this year and I am thinking this will be my last year competing — but I have said that before.’’
Elmore Field Days spokeswoman and Ag Art Wear chief Joyce Giffin said the competition was unique and continued to attract interest in its 14th year.
‘‘It’s just something that is totally different, it is the only event of its kind in Victoria at the moment,’’ she said.
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