FIRST in a SERIES
Bay to Bay Wearable Art (formerly The Garden Fairies) are presenting “Ocean Oddities” from fabric, plastic, cardboard and worbla.
What appears to be a thriving coral reef in Bobbie Halverson’s design, will also make a compelling statement about the state of the ocean.
“The sides and back are all bleached corals on the top. No color to show current environmental problems with our ocean,” she says.
She enjoys wearable art because, “it’s unusual and lets you show your personality.” Her favorite materials to work with are denim and lace.
Most of the artists in the collective learned about Wearable Art through friends. Adrianne Butler loves it because it’s a combination of fashion and art which she has been interested in since she was a young girl. Her favorite medium is distressed water bottles and she likes to work in a quiet room with no distractions. As for her hopes for this year’s presentation? “I want them to be amazed and wonder how I was able to create it,” Adrianne says.
Demeree discovered wearable art by attending DFAC’s Wearable Art show seven years ago. She is drawn to creating it because it combines her two favorite things—fashion and sculptural art.
“I love to work with found objects from nature,” she says, “but those also present a challenge because many of them are hard to attach to head dresses or the outfit itself. But I really hate working with things like plastics that do not just stay put with hot glue, ha!”
While designing for this year’s show, Demeree is listening to Purity Ring, Youryoungbody or Phantogram.
“I hope that the audience has a unique reaction to each different look that the group that I am a part of, which is a wearable art collective, shows. All the ‘artfits’ as I call them, are as varied as the artists that create them but share a theme and similar color or material.”
Terri Gray likes the creativity that wearable art affords and prefers unconventional materials rather than common fabrics. Judy Ginader’s favorite material to work with is silk. She hopes this year’s presentation brings joy. Mike Montini says wearable art, “is my creative outlet that I do not get from my 9-5 job.”