EFTAG Wearable Art parade a roaring River of Art success
This year's EFTAG Wearable Art parade sold out in record time and for those lucky ones who managed to get tickets it was an event to behold. The night saw two runs of 45 mins each with a 45 minute interval stunningly catered by Gundary Cafe - all up there were 114 pieces exhibited contributed by 25 members. This year’s theme ‘FOLKLORE & FANTASY’ inspired Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artists Group (EFTAG) members to look at their own family stories as well as traditional tales, for costume and fashion entries to parade on the catwalk. Held on Sunday, May 20 2018 at St Mary’s Performing Arts Centre in Moruya the event presented a showstopping extravaganza with catwalk, champagne & canapes as models paraded enchanting creations incorporating old-world traditions with a contemporary edge from south coast textile artists. The Wearable Art Fashion Parade was originally held as an opening event for an EFTAG exhibition in 2009. The parade soon became a signature public event and was later held at Moruya Bowling Club during the River of Art Festival. In 2017 the parade took to the catwalk under bright lights at their new venue and time. This successful new format continued this year with members of EFTAG interpreting the theme “Folklore and Fantasy”.
Photos sourced from EFTAG FB page - photos by Mishi West
"Once upon a time, a long, long time ago …In the days before the internet was the answer to every query, ….. answers were found in a very different way… women shared their knowledge and skills around the camp fire or the kitchen table, or the sewing room and while they worked the stories began to unfold….."
The Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artists Group (EFTAG) would like to thank the following people for supporting our event:
Bermagui Party Hire for marquees and for the loan of cooling equipment.
Clinton Bell, Bell Tower Media for volunteering his professional videography service
David Karonidis photography for EFTAG.
Hair and Beauty on Q, Moruya, for models' make up and hair.
JCL Development Solutions and Flooding Solutions, Moruya, for their generous sponsorship.
Lee-Anne Parsons, CEO Cobowra Local Aboriginal Land Council, for Welcome to Country.
Linda Bennett, Molly Bleaney, Gabriela Barrios, Megan Fraser, Karen Harper, Mandy Hillson, Brooke Hutchins, Mica Lynnah, Erin Moon, and Darwish Ripoll - for volunteering to model our creations.
Mal Smith, Retrobeats Mobile DJ.
Moruya High School for catalogue printing.
Moruya TAFE, and Montague Art & Craft Society for loan of equipment.
River of Art for providing and promoting this wonderful festival and their photographer Ben Marden.
St Marys Primary School for use of the Performing Arts Centre as our venue and for their wonderful support and co-operation.
The Gundary Kitchen for catering.
The Haniyami improvisational dance troupe for their beautiful performances.
Transmedia Audio Visual for sound, lighting and stage.
The EFTAG members for creating amazing garments and members and their partners for helping with tasks at and around the event.
The local community for their ongoing support for EFTAG and creative events in the region.
To the tireless Wearable Art Working Party who organised this event and all the previous parade organisers for bringing us to this point of growth.
An event this big has taken so many helpers we are bound to have omitted a few.
We are truly grateful and apologise in advance if we've missed you!
EFTAG Inc. Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Artists Group www.eftag.com.au