Farm recyclables craft wedding dress

DESIGNERS from Western Australia have the opportunity to show off their creativity and talent in this year's Dowerin Field Days Wearable Art Competition on August 28 and 29.

The competition challenges designers to use traditional design elements and expose their creative abilities by taking everyday farm materials and transforming them into outfits for the runway.

One such designer is Merredin resident Kirsty Mackenzie who has entered the competition with an exquisite and grand wedding dress made entirely from farm recyclables.

Last year, Mrs Mackenzie placed runner up for her 'Hessian Sack Dress' and this year she hopes to go one better with her latest creation 'Shot Gun Wedding'.

The main dress is made of a heavy canvas which she found in a farm shed and used a mosquito netting as an overlay.

"I found some soft rope and inset it into the bodice for some interest and then made another overlay out of rip stop which is used for making light weight horse rugs and ruched it up over the front to give a meringue look - essential for the biggest of wedding dresses," she said.

"The head piece is totally different to what I had in mind as it came together after a trip to one of the old farm tips where I found a speaker cover from one of the old abandoned utes.

"I spray painted it gold and it just came alive and showed all of the fascinating 'honeycomb' effect that was hidden before.

"This then became the base of my fascinator, which I attached an abundance of white feathers to, some mozzie netting and a few scattered bullet shells.

"Every wedding dress has to have a bouquet, so there was no question it would be made from bits of rusted metal.

"I found an old shearing comb, springs, bolts, blades of some sort, wire and other things and I threw in a few bullet shells and canvas remnants from the dress and 'voila', a very interesting, heavy wedding bouquet."

If the dress makes it through preliminary judging, it will be presented at the Dowerin Field Days on August 28 and 29.

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