I was invited by Pam Thorne from the Burnie Arts Council to run a paper dress making workshop in the lead up to the inaugural ‘Paper on Skin’ competition held at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery in Tasmania. I was invited back to judge the entrant’s work on the night of the parade. Burnie is a pretty seaside town with a strong tradition in making handmade paper and the community rallied to make the parade a success.  Local girls who had studied at the town’s modelling school wore the dresses. I met some wonderful people at the workshop; many of whom developed their designs for the competition.  A delightful event to be a part of.

Some of the workshop participants have written about their experience. Check out Wendy Thiele’s blog and Lisa Haas’ interview.

The winners  Leonie Oakes  and Douglas McManus created some exquisite designs that extended the art form beyond what one would imagine. Click on the links to view their winning creations.

The entire parade can be viewed on Jessica Turale’s photography site.

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