Dress inspired by fallopian tube goes on display in Brisbane

Brisbane artist Svenja fused a Victorian-era dress with a jellyfish mermaid look in this piece of wearable art. Photo: SuppliedA piece of wearable art inspired by a section of the fallopian tube has gone on display at Brisbane’s popular Craft and Quilt Fair.
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Brisbane textile artist Svenja created the show-stopping piece Fimbria Figura after seeing a coloured, magnified image of the fimbria taken by a scanning electron microscope.

The dress is constructed from vibrant pink, purple and red silk organza screenprinted with the image and layered over a metallic foil jersey base.

Latin for “fringe”, the fimbria sits next to the ovary and sweeps the egg into the fallopian tube.

Svenja said she had represented this by distorting the dress with fishing line and stitching it into a circular pattern, with shibori-bound lame representing the finger-like cilia.

“I enjoy the freedom and opportunities that working in this medium allows,” she said.

“Textiles has it all – complete control of colour, shape, and texture that you can build into a sculpture.

“The human form provides a great framework for these works which often straddle the realms of fashion and art.”

Svenja has other work featured in the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair, which will take over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday to Sunday.

Euphony Iridacaea is a working harp created from fibreglass iris petals, and Sirens of the Sea fuses an elegant Victorian-era woman with a jellyfish mermaid.

Svenja said after studying drama she took her first textile workshop in 2002 and decided it was the perfect way to fuse art and fashion.

She won her first Wearable Art Award at the Boonah Shire SPAR arts festival in 2007.

“Recently one of my costumes was featured in billboards for an Air NZ tourism campaign and street flags for a New Zealand Exhibition,” she said.

“It was such an honour.

“I am fortunate that it is now my full time passion, and I am enjoying my current explorations of more wearable constructions at TAFE.”

Thousands are expected to attend the Craft and Quilt Fair, which features displays, workshops and a range of experts on scrap-booking, knitting, card-making, quilting, jewellery creation, mixed media and more.

Brisbane artist Tricia Smout will show off Flowers of Friendship, a 4.4 metre long collaborative wall hanging made up of 495 separate flowers contributed by artists throughout Queensland.

The Queensland Quilters Inc display will feature 300 quilts to mark its 30th birthday and there will be a special Christmas-themed section dedicated to crafting the perfect holiday accessories.

Tickets for the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair cost $18 for adults, $16 for concession entries and $9 for children.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.


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