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farmgirljane
« on: October 17, 2010 02:57:56 AM »

Hi Craftsters, Been a long while since I was here but thought I would share my latest crafting effort with you.  I entered the following garment into the Elmore Ag Art competition that was held at the start of this month.  Some clarification on that last sentance may be needed. Elmore is a country town in Victoria Australia. Ag Art, is a wearable art garment made from items found around or produced on the farm.  There are quite a few Ag Art shows held at different agricultural shows in Victoria, NSW and SA.  All the winners from these smallers shows gather at Elmore for the Australian Nationals on the afternoon of the last day of the show.

My garment Renewal, shows the ending of the ten year drought that has stricken our area, with the rain coming from the clouds (headpiece) and filling the rivers, and water flowing over the dry drought affected earth and turning it green, flowers regrowing etc.  It is constructed from shade cloth, milk filters, tails paint and blue hayband.  There must be over 1000 seperate pieces on the train alone.  It took me approx 5 weeks to complete.

There are three different sections to show in, under 21, Designer and Avante Gaurde.  Renewal was entered into the Designer section of the Elmore Show, and won - WOW.  It then went on to compete in the national show in the afternoon against several other garments and won there as well - Double WOW - so now I am over to New Zealand in June next year to compete against top designers over there.  I had no expectations of being a major winner as this was the first time I had entered and there where so many wonderful/beautiful garments on show.

I am now hooked and have started on next years entries, found out I can do two garments in each section - designer and avante guarde -  so will have plenty of time to fine tune any mistakes or design flaws.  If anyone in Australia is interested in finding out more feel free to send a PM.  Anyway hope you enjoyed my story and the pics









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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 05:20:08 AM »

WOW.... just amazing..... CONGRATS! on being the winner, and good luck......the train is wonderful!
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 05:51:17 AM »

Uh, WOW! That's about all I can say. I love the idea of Ag Art - let's put a stop to that idea that farmers aren't creative. And even more I love that there's an international Ag Art competition! Is it only Australia and NZ, or do other countries send entries?
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010 07:13:57 AM »

Wow, this is ABSOLUTELY incredible.  I was in love with it already, and then saw the pic of the back.  GORGEOUS.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010 07:23:01 AM »

Amazing!
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2010 07:31:59 AM »

That is so beautiful, and perfectly evokes the story of drought and renewal. It actually makes me tear up a bit, because you can really see the story in that dress. I'm not a farmer, don't live in Australia, but looking at this makes me feel like I can share in that joy and relief when the rains finally came. All of that just from a dress, no wonder you won, it's amazing!
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2010 09:20:26 AM »

This is absolutely creative and gorgeous, and the back of it is just amazing! Definitely hitting 'this rocks'!
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2010 08:37:35 PM »

And even more I love that there's an international Ag Art competition! Is it only Australia and NZ, or do other countries send entries?

My understanding is - The gentleman who started the Ag Art movement in NZ over ten years ago is trying to get other countries involved.  Would be great to have entrants from all over the world.  If anyone is interested in hosting an Ag Art show please contact me and I can get the  contact information for you.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2010 09:03:51 PM »

Oh wow. That is breath-taking.  I can only imagine the hours and hours you spent on it.  Congratulations on winning! You definitely deserved it!
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010 12:56:40 PM »

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