Ruffling down the catwalk

Cutting edge designs made from one of the world’s most simplistic and common materials were modelled onthe catwalk at last Friday’s paper on skin gala night.

While the material was simple and the audience encouraged to drop their phones and cameras, organisers were immersed in technology and devices to keep the show rolling.

Coordinator Pam Thorne said that technology ensured “all essential elements” were in place for the climactic conclusion.

“Weknew in advance that one of our judges, singer and designer Toni Childs, had experienced some late changes to her touring schedule and was unable to be there inperson on that night,” Mrs Thornesaid.

It was not until the show started however that they became aware that Ms Childs’ travel plans had gone awry due to a train strike and she was in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, skirting near the coast of Corsica in hope of consistent internet.

“Toni was downloading short video clips of the entries whilst the parade was in progress, hoping that the timing would work out and she would be able to participate with the other judges during their deliberations via Skype,” she said.

“Our in-situ judges may well have welcomed some fresh input from the other side of the world after such a big day of judging.”

When the time came to announce the winner, more drama unfolded when they realised the winner Kath Wilkinson was one of the few artists not present at the event.

“Lyndal realised this, found her number and managed to get her on the phone at the very moment the applause for her piece was filling the room!” Pam said.

“We put the phone on loud speaker and held it to the microphone. The line was as clear as a bell and you could truly sense that she was surprised and overwhelmed by the news.”

A trio of artists, Liz Powell, Dr Denise N. Rall and Kath Wilkinson from New South Wales took out first prize withTahuna:Ocean Navigator,Anzara Clark from Victoria took out the runner up prize with the Japanese inspiredBushido, Way of the Warriorand the public vote award was awarded toTarkine- Takanya Tree Nymph-Dryadesby Tasmanian Joan Stammers.

The wining garments and a selection of other entries will be on display at the Burnie Regional Art Galleryuntil June 26.

First prize: ‘Tahuna: Ocean Navigator’ by Liz Powell, Dr Denise N. Rall and Kath Wilkinson.

Second place: The Japanese inspired ‘Bushido Way of the Warrior’ by Anzara Clark from Victoria.

On the catwalk: Many takes on how to make paper beautiful and wearable. Pictures: Grant Wells Photography.

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