Numurkah’s Jane Willis has created her latest wearable piece of art, a dress made from junk farm items. Ms Willis is entering the dress in Elmore Field Days’ Ag Art Wear competition.By Rhiannon Gavalakis
Wearable art is on the mind for Numurkah resident Jane Willis as she prepares for the Elmore Field Days’ Ag Art Wear competition.
Junk and materials found on the farm come to life in the form of amazing dresses and off-beat designs for the annual event.
Silage wrap, twine, castration and fencing rings were all Ms Willis required to make this year’s creation Gaia, inspired by the Greek goddess of nature.
‘‘I was given a roll of silage wrap and I just started playing with it to see what I could do with it,’’ Ms Willis said.
‘‘That’s how this dress came about.’’
Ms Willis first entered the competition in 2010, and her design Renewal was the winner of its category, which won her a trip to compete on an international platform at the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.
‘‘That dress was my interpretation of the countryside recovering from drought,’’ she said.
Ms Willis said it was the excitement of trying to create something different, but wearable, that kept her coming back to the competition.
‘‘It’s really an experimentation with materials that aren’t your regular everyday thing and the effort to try and manipulate them into something wearable,’’ she said.
‘‘I think I actually enjoy that part of the process the most.’’
Ms Willis also designs and creates costumes for musical theatre group Numurkah Singers.
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