According to Wikipedia, wearable art is
individually designed pieces of (usually) hand-made clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art. While the making of any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement.
Visit sites such as World of Wearable Art and you will see one extreme of the Wearable Art Spectrum. But what about the other end of the spectrum? The painting on tshirts, and altering an old pair of jeans to individualise them? Isn’t this also wearable art? And while I find the way out there stuff fun to look at, I also love the practicality of the hand painted and dyed silk scarves, and the nuno felted scarves and garments. These, too, are wearable art!
Over the next 5 or 6 weeks I would like to invite you to share the journey towards producing some wearable art that I am embarking on with my Year 8 students. Their task – to take an item of clothing and create something new and wonderful with it. The final item must still be able to be worn. In taking this path, I am stepping out of my comfort zone. I am nervous. Will this work? Have I read the boys right? Am I taking them too far away from the accepted norm? Oh, but what an exciting prospect ahead of us! And maybe, just maybe, I can make textiles an adventure for them, not the punishment it has been so far this semester.
Would you like to join me on this journey? Your input would be gratefully accepted.
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