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Prelude Exhibition

Media release

C232/08

22 August 2008

A free exhibition by Curtin University of Technology Fashion and Textile Design graduates – a fringe activity to the 2008 Perth Fashion Festival Cultural Program

Daily from 11.00am-4.00pm
Thursday 4 September to Sunday 7 September

Gingers Garage (upstairs) 267 William St Northbridge

Proudly supported by Curtin through the Office of Alumni Relations, by the Department of Culture and the Arts through the Young People and the Arts funding program, and the City of Perth

The boundaries between art, fashion and photography will blur at the Prelude Exhibition by Curtin University of Technology fashion and textile design graduates that will run from Thursday 4 September to Sunday 7 September at Gingers Garage in Northbridge.

Exhibition Coordinator Jessica Judd said the free four-day Prelude Exhibition will bring together works from six talented Curtin fashion and textile alumni graduates and will be open from 11.00am to 4.00pm each day.

“The Exhibition promises to be a prelude to the future careers of these talented individuals that will undoubtedly take off as people see their fresh and innovative works,” Ms Judd said.

“We are delighted that Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jeanette Hacket will open the event,” she said.

“Prelude is a fringe activity to the 2008 Perth Fashion Festival Cultural Program that will feature works by Elise Capelli, Amy Clarke, Emma Hunter, Tasha Vener, Gabrielle Watts and Sophie Webber.”

The Exhibition will include delicate and feminine garments by Elise Capelli, some of Amy Clarke’s designs inspired by sustainable architecture, and accessories and soft furnishings from Emma Hunter’s eclare range. It will also feature wearable art pieces by Tasha Vener, new materials by Gabrielle Watts and couture based designs by Sophie Webber.

Images captured by contemporary emerging photographer Patrick O’Brien – who documented the work created by the designers – will also be on show.

Attention Editor/COS: You are welcome to ask for high resolution photographs of each graduates work as they are available on request. The Exhibition is being held upstairs in Gingers Garage 267 William St Northbridge from Thursday 4 September to Sunday 7 September.

Prelude Exhibition alumni background

Elise Capelli (Waterford): Ms Capelli graduated from Curtin in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textiles. Ms Capelli enjoys creating cloth and garments that express delicacy, elegance and femininity and experimenting with many different textile processes to achieve this effect.

Amy Clarke (Subiaco): Ms Clarke graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textiles in 2007 and describes her design work as being concerned with the connection between the built and natural environments.
Ms Clarke’s works have been inspired by her interest into eco-design and sustainability – in particular the layers and ventilation structures applied in sustainable architecture. Her collections are made with materials that minimise the ethical and environmental impacts at every stage and she finds the possibilities in fibre and fabric research and technology, natural and man-made very exciting.

Emma Hunter (Piesse Brook): Ms Hunter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Fashion and Textile Design, 2007 and is currently developing her own label, eclare. Ms Hunter’s label encompasses clothing, accessories, stockings, and a range of soft furnishings such as lamps and cushions. She works predominantly on ‘one off’ designs, doing all the design work and manufacture herself by hand and likes to create beautiful things.

Tasha Vener (Bibra Lake): Ms Vener graduated with a Bachelor from Fashion and Textile Design, 2006 and has always been interested in contemporary art and textiles and how fabrics can be applied to the body and take on a whole new form. Her garments are all handmade using unconventional methods and material applications that form a collection of wearable art pieces.

Gabrielle Watts (Watermans Bay): Ms Watts graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Fashion and Textile, Design, 2007. She has a passion for construction and pays a high level of attention to detail and her work is  focused on introducing new materials and technology into wearable garments.

Sophie Webber (Booragoon): Ms Webber graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design 2007 and completed Honours in Design, 2008. She enjoys working with natural fibres such as silk, cotton, leather and wool and uses a variety of textile processes to manipulate and create forms for the body. Ms Webber works mainly with couture based design and has a passion for theatrical design and costumes.

Modified: 22 August 2008