Paper Dress Result

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paper dressIn an earlier post Midlifexpress interviewed Lisa Haas about her entry into the Burnie Wearable Paper Art Competition held annually in Tasmania. The competition attracts designers from all over Australia and we caught up with Lisa to discover how her unique paper dress design fared amongst the rest.

What were the highlights of the big night?

The highlight was seeing the completed dress on my model and seeing her parade it so beautifully on the catwalk. Also, being part of this event was very inspirational as I was in the company of some incredibly creative arts people.

What were the comments about your design?

We did not really receive individual feedback from the judges, however one of them did tell me my piece was judged highly in the wearability category, which was nice to hear. Other people involved behind the scenes and some patrons at the event also gave me very positive feedback.

What have you learnt from entering the competition?

I learnt to have greater confidence in myself and in particular, my design ideas. I also met some fabulous like-minded people who showed me there are many of us who have similar passions. I also learnt a bit more about the processes involved in entering competitions such as this, for example submitting an artist’s statement, design concept etc.

What advice would you give others entering the competition?

Having a go and being involved in these kinds of opportunities is always worthwhile. You are bound to learn something and to meet (and be amazed by) like-minded people. Also, this year there was a workshop held prior to the competition that helped potential competitors to explore the medium and ways to work with it to make wearable pieces. Attending workshops such as this are an invaluable part of the process and are to be highly recommended.

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The Art of Wearable Paper

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.


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