Create wearable art from found and foraged treasures
Discover how to make nature inspired jewellery. Join artist and Horticulturist Belinda Kuhlewein from Husk and Vine on Facebook Wednesday 12 August at 10am and learn how to create wearable art from found and foraged treasure. Enjoy a walk through nature as Belinda takes you through repurposing feathers, foliage, succulents, bark, pods and berries in the art collection process. See more of Belinda’s absolutely stunning pieces at @huskandvine on Instagram or Husk and Vine's Facebook.
You will need:
- Glue gun
- Bowl of water
- Second-hand jewellery for repurposing
- Recommended items such as your choice of nature:
- coconut fibre
- leather ties
Supported by Sunshine Coast Council Living Smart program for fabric – Slow Fashion, Artful Living Program. The program celebrates the extraordinary talents of the region's artists, designers and change-makers. Sunshine Coast Council shines a light on ethically focused practice, inspired design and resourcefulness.
Sunshine Coast Libraries members have loaned organic gardening titles 23,486 times! On the move? Check out the range of titles on eBooks and eMagazines available through Libraries. Free access 24/7 with your library card or to get the full wearable art experience head to the library catalogue to reserve these little reading champions.
Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:
- Layered cloth: the art of fabric manipulation by Ann Small. A rich resource and reference for textile artists seeking new ideas and who want to experiment with reverse applique and related techniques such as layering, trapunto, stacks, puffs and fabric manipulation.
- Off the wall: the world of wearable art by photographers Martin de Ruyter, Neil Price, Rohit Chawla and Daniel Rose. Gorgeous photos of show garments and the extraordinary award-winning fashion show entries from the last decade.
- Fashioned from nature: edited by Edwina Ehrman. Examines the dependence on the natural world and the devastating effect of certain trends. Today’s intense consumerism and fast fashion demands a need for a more responsible fashion cycle.
- Wild jewellery: material, techniques, inspirations and a complete guide to making statement jewellery from objects found in nature by Sarah Drew. Create stunning pieces of contemporary jewellery from materials found in the wild. Expert advice on how to identify and select different raw materials and where to find them. Full colour step by step instructions on all the tools and techniques you need to transform your finds into wearable art.
- Nature art workshop: tips, techniques and step-by-step projects for creating nature-inspired art by Sarah Lorraine Edwards.
- 365 nature: projects to connect you with nature every day by Anna Carlile. Enjoy 80 inspiring projects and activities with easy-to-follow instructions. Make a kite and go fly it; weave your own basket; mix natural body creams, make a mess and get dirt under your fingernails.
Libraries love these hands-on repurposing eBooks:
- Duct tape discovery workshop: easy and stylish duct tape designs by Tonia Jenny. Need a gift for one of your gal pals? Fashion a set of feather earrings, wrap it in a set of masu boxes and make a matching duct tape card. The possibilities for duct tape crafting are endless and with these unexpected projects, you'll use duct tape in ways you never imagined.
- The unofficial LEGO jewellery book: 18 awesome designs for fashion accessories from LEGO bricks by Prudence Rogers. This bright collection of 18 fashion accessory projects with all the tools and techniques explained and detailed step-by-step instructions to show you how to build up each design - from necklaces, rings and bracelets to brooches, belt buckles and even hairbands.
- 100 things to recycle and make by Fiona Hayes. Everyday materials are transformed into all kinds of stunning and practical projects, from toy animals and vehicles to dressing-up props, decorations, games, and even fun storage solutions.
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
Get inspired by these with these eMagazines:
- Mollie Makes
- Australian Homespun
- Everyday Style
- Frankie Junkies
- Mollie Makes DIY Fashion
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Listen on the go with these edible flowers podcast episodes:
- The art of wearable flowers: Susan McLeary chats about her book The Art of Wearable Flowers, how she selects models, the hydration chambers and what influence her in her floral journey.
- Wardrobe Crisis: a sustainable fashion podcast from VOGUE’s sustainability editor Clare Press. Join Clare and her guests as they decode the fashion system, and dig deep into its effects on people and planet. This show unzips the real issues that face the fashion industry today, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity and creativity.
- Sustainababble: weekly podcast about the environment, nature, climate change and comedy.
- Ethical Fashion: hear about better ways focused on social and environmental justice, inclusivity and sustainable development. The UN's Ethical Fashion Initiative acts as a bridge, connecting marginalised artisan communities, often in challenging and remote locations, with some of the biggest names in international fashion. Explore the issues driving the ethical fashion conversation with your hosts UN officer Simone Cipriani and sustainable fashion journalist Clare Press.
All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher. You can also stream podcasts from Spotify.
On the web
Catch up on these wearable art sites:
- Australian Wearable Art Festival – Sunshine Coast Wearable art is an exciting and unique intersection of art colliding with fashion and costumery and is delighted to provide a platform here in Australia for artists and designers to embrace their creative exploration into form, structure, texture and colour using an eclectic mix of often unusual materials. It is an exciting journey in the merging of materials in weird and wonderful collaborations with art, science, fashion and technology will result in creating wearable pieces of art to be proudly presented on the catwalk. Learn more about the Wearable Art Festival where costume designers, seamstresses and sculptors present a national showcase of wearable art. Find out more about the Festival on Facebook
- The Wearable Art Show: enjoy posts about a curated show and sale of wearable art made and designed by Canadian artists.
- The Jealous Curator: wearable art. Sharing and exposing the work of talented contemporary artists through daily posts, but also explores the self-doubt part – the insecurities, inner-critics, creative blocks, and of course the jealousy that all of us have to deal with at some point as an artist.
- MakeFashion: wearable technology blog. Highlights the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway.
- World of WearableArt: takes art off the wall and out of the static display and to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. Stay up to date with the latest news and information on the wearable art competitions, partners, tickets, exhibitions, and other news.
Stream these free slow fashion documentaries on Kanopy:
- Riverblue: can fashion save the planet? A documentary following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo that spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Blue Jeans, an iconic products has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways to survive.
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