Phannel Ellwood wearing Charlotte Orenshaw's design
Phannel Ellwood wearing Charlotte Orenshaw's design "Ode to Hadid” at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

Young artists' creations amaze Reef fest

EVERYTHING recycled from plastic, wire and tin cans to silk and rubber was artfully reconfigured into dramatic outfits by the Whitsundays' youngest artists in the Wilmar Sugar's Wearable Art competition yesterday afternoon.

Keeping to the 2018 Whitsunday Reef Festival theme "The Reef - it's magic", young artists were asked to create wearable designs to be modelled on stage in the middle of Airlie Beach main street.

First prize in the Year 5 and 6 section was 10-year-old Amelia McKay from Cannonvale State School with her creation "Bubble Ball".

 

Amelia McKay (10) from Cannonvale State School at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Amelia McKay (10) from Cannonvale State School at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

Second place went to Elizabeth Straker and Sasha Jamieson for 'Magician of the Reef' with Alice Attwood and Lily Riley taking third for "Magic Wonderland Fun".

In the Year 9 and 10 category it was Year 9 St Catherine's College student Celeste Hardy Young who was handed the top accolade for her "Dump Bird" creation.

 

Year 9 St Catherine's College student Celeste Hardy Young wearing her
Year 9 St Catherine's College student Celeste Hardy Young wearing her "Dump Bird" category winning design at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

Year 10 student Charlotte Orenshaw's design "Ode to Hadid" worn by Phannel Ellwood came in second.

Fifteen-year-old Tia Gibbs from Proserpine State High School designed and wore "Jewel of the Reef" to place third.

 

Tia Gibbs (15) from Proserpine State High School at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Tia Gibbs (15) from Proserpine State High School at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

In the hotly contest year 11 and 12 section final, Quinn McKenzie was victorious with his "Real Eyes, Real Lies" design worn by year 9 student Jessica Renton.

 

Year 9 student Jessica Renton modelling Quinn McKenzie's design
Year 9 student Jessica Renton modelling Quinn McKenzie's design "Real Eyes, Real Lies” at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

Second place was awarded to Nathaniel Savy's design 'Sound Waves'.

 

Year 11 and 12 age category finalists
Year 11 and 12 age category finalists "Faded Grandeur” by Eloise Male, "Real Eyes, Real Lies” by Quinn McKenzie and "Sound Waves” by Nathaniel Savy at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

With Eloise Male's Faded Grandeur worn by Charlotte Orenshaw taking third.

 

Charlotte Orenshaw modelling Eloise Male's design
Charlotte Orenshaw modelling Eloise Male's design "Faded Grandeur” at the Wearable Art competition at the Whitsunday Reef Festival on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Lamb

Check out our photo gallery of the contestants below:

 


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