Get creative again

By Country News

Entries are closing soon for the 2018 Elmore Field Days National Ag Art Wear Competition.

The competition challenges designers to create a wearable art garment from materials found on farms, farming-related industries or sourced from the land.

This year’s competition will see the introduction of a new category. Novice is an open-age category that welcomes any first and second-time entrants to try their hand at design.

Ag Art Wear chair Lorraine Trewick said the calibre of designs entering the competition had been incredible, but she urged younger designers not to be discouraged by this and to have a go.

‘‘The aim of the new category is to encourage anyone to just have a go,’’ Ms Trewick said.

‘‘Every year I don’t think they can get better, but they do.’’

Torrumbarry’s Helen Williams won the designer category in 2017 and said the key to a good entry was to do something unexpected.

‘‘Have a go. You just have to look in your backyard and on-farm and think outside of the square for inspiration or a story,’’ Ms Williams said.

She will enter the competition for the 10th time this year. She first got involved in clothing design as a child and had a flare for all things creative.

‘‘I just loved being creative and wanted to have a go at any new things I came across. Ag Art has just become an extension of those interests,’’ she said.

Ms Williams strongly encourages anyone who thinks they have what it takes or who just want to have some fun and get their hands dirty to enter and have a go.

Entries close on July 30 and garments entered in the competition will need to be dropped off by the first week of September.

There are five categories for 2018: avant-garde, designer, 18 years and under, novice and hats.

Ag Art Wear is a garment design competition at the annual Elmore Field Days held from October 2 to 4.

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