WINNERS – WEARABLE ART

First Prize Winner – Congratulations to Tatiana Fitzpatrick for The Beauty in the Bees. All Rights Reserved.

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The idea of this necklace is to accent the beauty of one of the most important animals to the Earth’s entire planetary ecology – the bees; to catch people’s attention to the problems they are facing in nowadays world.

Beads are an integral part of my life. I am interested in creating objects which can be artistically accented by beadwork. In the designs I use many techniques, both well-known and those which I invented myself. My favorite beads to work with are antique tiny beads sizes 18 to 26.Working with such small beads requires extraordinary patience and concentration, as well as plenty of time.

Fashion is transient, but feelings are eternal. My art represents my inner feelings. I believe art should display light and beauty, and appeal to the best sides of humanity, evoking positive emotions and encouraging spiritual growth and self-perfection.Every piece of my art is unique and made with love –to both God and mankind, in appreciation of the beauty surrounding.

Second Prize Equal – Congratulations to Sherry Cordova for Collosphaera Huxleyi. Müller DMO Trio Red. All Rights Reserved.

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Collosphaera Huxleyi, Müller DMO Trio Red embodies the design modification of organisms (DMO) which is spreading intentionally in the GMO food arena and via industrialization induced mutations. As we modify organisms we reshape and re-imagine the natural world and affect even microscopic deep sea creatures such as the ones Ernst Haeckel recorded via his illustrations in 1862. If we sample the waters in the Strait of Messina today, would we find the same exact deep water creatures, or have they been modified as side effect of industrialization in the last 150 years?
Garnets are natures scaffolding between three layers in this 3D recreation of one of Haeckel’s inspirational drawings which was hand fabricated via recycled sterling silver and joined with industrially produced stainless steel bolts and nuts. One side of the reversible pendant reveals more of the natural garnets while the other side exposes less of nature’s creations and more of a human’s viewpoint.

Equal Third Prize Winner – Congratulations to Lisa Wood for Rainforest Reliquary. All Rights Reserved.

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Queenslanders are blissfully unaware of the considerable threat to our bioregion, oblivious to the fact that what makes our area so beautiful is slowly slipping away, being smothered and suffocated by population growth and refuse.

The skeletonised rainforest leaf has been encased in plastic and heat sealed, then placed into a clear brooch made from recycled materials. The transparent container allows the delicate and precious leaf to be worn as an artwork, recalling the use of the reliquary box carrying a fragment of the past. The slice of eucalyptus branch and scribbly bark represent our iconic native trees which are being cleared for suburbia, that form the valuable protection and ecosystem for the rainforests.

Equal Third Prize Winner – Congratulations toLois Bertolino for Salmon River. All Rights Reserved.

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Sterling silver cuff bracelet done in the overlay technique.

My piece reflects my concern for the future of the Pacific NW salmon; the waters it depends on; and my great respect for its spiritual and cultural significance to the Native Americans here.

In the 1800s the salmon population was estimated at 1.5 million. Less than 200 years later all 5 species are listed as threatened or endangered.

Salmon, born in fresh water, migrate to the sea, mature, then return to the same waters of their birth to spawn and die. Dams, habitat destruction, and pollution have degraded migratory waters necessary for their survival.

In Native cultures salmon symbolize Abundance, Fertility, Prosperity and Renewal. The Idaho Nez Perce have a traditional spring blessing of the salmon which migrate 300 miles to spawn there. Runs have steadily declined. Nez Perce Horace Axtell said recently, “Right now we have nothing to bless.”

I hope recovery programs and habitat restoration will restore a thriving population to the waters of the Pacific NW once again.

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