Students wear their art on their sleeves

Bianca from Mullumbimbys Shearwater Steiner School models the wearable art she and classmate Daisy made for the Wearable Arts Vision in Education (WAVE) showcase.

Students from Mullumbimbys Shearwater Steiner School not only have a flair for fashion, but it seems a healthy conscience as well.

With a little help from their mums, year four students Daisy and Bianca have created two colourful costumes from lollies and junk food wrappers which will feature in the schools annual Wearable Arts Vision in Education (WAVE) showcase, which begins next Thursday, November 2.

Daisy and Biancas wearable art had to be made from recycled materials, and the girls took the idea one step further by matching their innovative costumes with accessories, including a smartie necklace and hair made entirely from snakes.

Lollies are what dreams are made of, but in reality they so quickly become empty wrappers and soon cause disease, said Daisy and Bianca in their artists statement. So instead of eating lollies we created wearable art so we can still enjoy them and be healthy.

The showcase is not just a fashion parade of wearable art, but a entire performance this year called Jade Paladin and the Flying Garuda. The story follows the destiny of a young knight in six separate episodes, which organisers say encompass a dazzling display of costumes, fabrics, dance, music, drama, lighting, body decoration and jewellery.

Local comedian Mandy Nolan said she was blown away by last years show, which featured a staggering amount of talent who showed incredible innovation with their materials and magnificent execution of their ideas... such an endless procession of imagery that I could barely take it all in.

The sixth annual Wearable Arts Vision in Education show will be staged at the school (349 Left Bank Road) next weekend Thursday to Saturday, November 2-4. All shows start at 8pm and tickets are $40 from the school (phone 6684 3223) or at Caddies Coffee in Lismore (phone 6621 7709).


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