ARTY: Some of the wearable art at the Reef Festival.
ARTY: Some of the wearable art at the Reef Festival.

Art comes to life at the reef festival

WEARABLE art is a growing worldwide phenomenon and the Whitsundays have their very own wearable art fashion parade each year as part of the Whitsunday Reef Festival from August 5-14.

Described as "the painted canvas come to life", wearable art can be sewn, constructed, glued, painted, collaged, riveted, woven and knitted - and just about anything else your imagination dreams up!

In the Whitsundays, lack of imagination is certainly not a problem, with last year's entries a kaleidoscope of colourful ribbons, streamers and tinsel, with everything from clocks to newspapers incorporated into the outfits.

The theme this year is "Finding the Reef", which can be interpreted in a number of different ways, and the Wilmar Wearable Art Parade and judging will take place on Saturday, August 13, on the Airlie Beach foreshore.

"Every year the entrants never fail to amaze me with their ingenuity," festival organiser Margie Murphy said.

"Outfits can be made from metals, recycled objects, silk, rubber, natural fibres or industrial off cuts - there really is no limit to what you can create and the materials you can use to make it.

"The main thing is to start early, as most entrants find there are always tweaks and adjustments to do as they approach the big day of the competition, which is keenly contested, and with school holidays coming up, it is the perfect time to start on your outfit."

Now in its 16th year, the Whitsunday Reef Festival showcases the beauty and splendour of the Great Barrier Reef and celebrates what it means to live in the "Heart of the Reef" in Airlie Beach.

The 10-day entertainment extravaganza includes fireworks, carnival rides, live music and entertainment, a street parade, classic car show, recyclable craft regatta, comedy gala, family fun day, markets, reef art installations, sand sculpting, helicopter joy flights and starlight movies.

For more information visit http://www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au or follow the festival on Facebook.


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