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Award winning artist invited to participate in creative excellence category at world renown extravaganza: WOW World of Wearable Art, NZ

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WOW ME!
Hi! I'm Margie McDonald and I live in Port Townsend WA.

In the spring of 2011 I made my first wearable art garment for our local wearable art show 'Beautiful Apparel to Beyond Belief' https://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-Townsend-Wearable-Art-Show/156708081062232 where it won Best of Show!

This year, 'Caution Water Line Below' has been selected as a finalist in the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards and Show, known as one of the most prestigious art and fashion competitions in the world!

This show is referred to as WOW--the World Of Wearable Art. www.worldofwearableart.com WOW is described as a two-hour theatrical extravaganza with stunning sets, dance, lighting and world class choreography held annually in September in Wellington, NZ to an audience of 50,000+ over a twelve night production schedule.

It's fairly mind blowing to me, to go from an audience of 150 in my first wearable art show to 50,000+ the following year! woweeee!!!

Though I originally entered the General Category, the WOW Committee suggested I move to the Gen-i Creative Excellence Section - Theme: Visual Symphony. They thought this category would be better suited for my garment because the material it's made from makes quite a bit of sound with its rustling fringes.

The Gen-i Creative Excellence Section - Theme: Visual Symphony incorporates the sound that the garment makes with the music that is composed specifically for the performance of my garment. The stage has microphones throughout the floor to pick up the sounds the garment makes while moving! WOW!

The reason for the sounds that the garment makes while moving is the composition of the material of the 'caution tape' from which the garment is entirely made, well, with a nice liner of course, you have to consider comfort. 

You see, caution tape is a plastic tape that's impregnated with metal. This makes it readable by a metal detector. Why is this important you wonder? Well, caution tape is buried in the same ditch as a water line would be buried but, the tape is buried much closer to the surface. So, if your not using your metal detector and your'e digging around your yard and you run into 'caution water line below' it's your early warning sign, if you keep digging any deeper....there she'll blow! No running water in your house. So, it's way better to hit the 'caution water line below' tape then hitting the waterline itself!

NOW TO THE GARMENT!

The entire garment weighs 15 pounds. The 'caution tape' strips are two inches wide and sewn together. The garment is in three separate parts. It has an adjustable, sturdy lace up back for ease of getting on and off. Again, this garment will be performing at least 12 times during the event.

Model: Hannah Viano. Photographer: Charles Wiggins.

Part One - front view of garment
Part One - front view of garment
Part One - back view of garment..."that rustle made me want a bustle"
Part One - back view of garment..."that rustle made me want a bustle"
Part Two - the arms; Part Three - the head piece
Part Two - the arms; Part Three - the head piece
Full Ensemble
Full Ensemble
Head Piece - close up
Head Piece - close up
In motion....
In motion....
...making sound.....
...making sound.....
...and more sound...check out those aluminum shoes, thrift store find of the year...
...and more sound...check out those aluminum shoes, thrift store find of the year...
...WOW!
...WOW!

It all started last year, when I was asked to help start a wearable art show in my home town of Port Townsend, WA 'Beautiful Apparel to Beyond Belief' http://www.jcfgives.org/funds/fund-for-women-girls It was a fund raiser for the Jefferson County Community Foundation - Fund for Women and Girls. Working for such a good cause was wonderful, meeting many new friends and fellow artists was great but having the opportunity to sew a garment for wearable art was the selfish reason I wanted to help make it happen. I got soooo very excited!

As a teenager and through my early 20's I sewed all my own clothing. I've been sewing since I was a toddler....okay, well it certainly seems that way!

As I was thinking about what I could use as a material for this debut show of mine...a roll of caution tape caught my eye. Oooh shiny!

My husband actually found it at the thrift store....I think he intended to use it for it's 'proper' purpose. But that shiny under side and the blue and black seemed to me like a wonderful material to use for a wearable art garment!

So, I spooled some off the roll and to my surprise I saw that the material had a natural tendency to curl and rustle with the curl. I began to experiment with sewing the plastic tape and was very pleased with the results! 

I made this garment like I make my sculptures in that I
did not have a plan...I just kept working on it to see what would develop. That rustle made me want a bustle!

The whole idea of wearable art appeals to me because it's a soft sculpture for the body.  It's kinetic, interactive and it's fun.

Described as a rebellion against the mundane, the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards Show blends traditional perceptions of art and fashion by choreographing garments into a visceral extravaganza that dazzles the senses and lifts the spirit.

That's why I want to be there, I need to be there to represent my garment and to hear how 'Caution Water Line Below'
sounds to me and the audience.

That's why I would very much appreciate your help!

The $3000 will pay for my air transportation to Wellington, NZ and 3 nights accommodations. The preview show is September 26th with the final show and awards on September 28th. My husband, Alan, can join me as my driver, photographer, and support team on his own dime.

I know I will be so inspired for the wearable art I will create for future shows as well as bring back ideas for our local show 'Beautiful Apparel to Beyond Belief', now in the planning stages for our third year in May 2013.

I work full time as an artist creating organic, biomorphic sculptures using mostly recycled wires and interesting metal things.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

!!! CHECK OUT THE REWARDS !!!

'Star' - $25 - $75 pledge
'Star' - $25 - $75 pledge

'Star' These stars are made from old fishing wire that was headed to the dump in Alaska. The red is a varnished copper wire. They can sit table top or you can make a pin hole in your drywall and insert the central wire into the wall. Qty per $25 pledge: one (1); $50 pledge: three (3); $75 pledge: five (5). Stainless steel and copper. 8-10" dia x 2".

'Asteroid' - $100 pledge
'Asteroid' - $100 pledge

'Asteroid'. The nature of the lathe findings, those twisted little pieces, inspired this shape. I love meteor showers. These sturdy little units can be hung or they sit very nicely on a surface where you are not worried about scratching the surface. Qty per pledge: one (1).
Stainless steel, copper and bronze. 14" x 6" x  6"

'Seeds for Thought' - $125 Pledge
'Seeds for Thought' - $125 Pledge

'Seeds for Thought' are flying through the air with plenty of room for your thoughts inside. Seeds, everything starts from some sort of seed. I'm collecting the thought seeds all the time, storing all sorts of information that will come out later in a sculpture, consciously or subconsciously. Qty per pledge: one (1). Copper. 20" x 10" x 10"

'Chilopodia' - $150 Pledge
'Chilopodia' - $150 Pledge

'Chilopodia' is made with hammered copper wire and tied with stainless steel orthodontic wire. Chilopodia is the class that includes the centipede-like creatures. Experimenting with hammering copper wire inspired the piece. Flattening the ends made such great feet pads I had to make such a creature, plus there is that skeletal-rib-reference I like too. This is some of my first hammering, and I plan to do more! Qty per pledge: one (1). Stainless steel and copper. Approx. 8" x 24" x 5" variable, can be mounted with two small copper nails to the wall (to be provided).

'Red Anemone' - $300 Pledge
'Red Anemone' - $300 Pledge

'Red Anemone' evolved because the woven tube ravels to look this way. The materials I find at a scrap yard lead the way in much of my work. This woven tube is a protective layer for electrical wires. Its been stripped from the wire for its recycle value. The red wire is varnished copper. Anemones interest me greatly because of the beauty and yet a plant, there is something animal-like about them. The deep cold water of our coast hold many of these incredibly fascinating life forms. I made two life size Anemones for Port Townsend's Wearable Art Show in May 2012. Qty per pledge: one (1) Stainless steel and copper. 22" x 17" x 10"

'Nudibranch' - $500 Pledge
'Nudibranch' - $500 Pledge

'Nudibranch' is made with twisted stainless steel that is from ship refrigeration manufactured at my local boatyard. Long shiny pieces were sticking out of the recycle bin and soon retrieved with permission. Nudibranch thrive in our coastal waters and come in a huge variety of forms with some fabulous names such as Hairy Spiny Doris, Rough Mantle Sea Slug and Sea Goddess. A book of British Columbia origin, "Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes" by Andy Land and Bernard P. Hanby is the book of choice when naming of new sculpture...it's my baby book of names! Stainless steel, trolling wire, copper. 30" x 16" x 12"

'Double Ender' - $600 Pledge
'Double Ender' - $600 Pledge

'Double Ender', the name comes from my favorite style fo boat. In this case I chose the name because it has two ends, rather than a beginning and an end. I like to think of this as a memeber of the Detrivore family....described as a primary consumer. I like that my materials are post consumer! Copper and stainless steel. 14" x 25" x 16"

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

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    'Star' These stars are made from old fishing wire that was headed to the dump in Alaska. The red is a varnished copper wire. They can sit table top or you can make a pin hole in your drywall and insert the central wire into the wall. Qty per pledge: one (1). Stainless steel and copper. 8-10" dia x 2". Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    'Star' These stars are made from old fishing wire that was headed to the dump in Alaska. The red is a varnished copper wire. They can sit table top or you can make a pin hole in your drywall and insert the central wire into the wall. Qty per pledge: three (3). Stainless steel and copper. 8-10" dia x 2". Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    'Star' These stars are made from old fishing wire that was headed to the dump in Alaska. The red is a varnished copper wire. They can sit table top or you can make a pin hole in your drywall and insert the central wire into the wall. Qty per pledge: five (5). Stainless steel and copper. 8-10" dia x 2". Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    'Asteroid' flies through the air best viewed after dark. The nature of the lathe findings, those twisted little pieces, inspired this shape. I love meteor showers. These sturdy little units can be hung or they sit very nicely on a surface where you are not worried about scratching the surface.

    Qty per pledge: one (1).

    Stainless steel, copper and bronze.
    14" x 6" x 6"
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    $125 reward

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    'Seeds for Thought' are flying through the air with plenty of room for your thoughts inside. Seeds, everything starts from some sort of seed. I'm collecting the thought seeds all the time, storing all sorts of information that will come out later in a sculpture, consciously or subconsciously.

    Qty per pledge: one (1)
    Copper.
    20" x 10" x 10"
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    $150 reward

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    'Chilopodia' is made with hammered copper wire and tied with stainless steel orthodontic wire. Chilopodia is the class that includes the centipede-like creatures. Experimenting with hammering copper wire inspired the piece. Flattening the ends made such great feet pads I had to make such a creature, plus there is that skeletal rib reference I like too. This is some of my first hammering, I plan to do more!

    Qty per pledge: one (1)
    Stainless steel and copper
    8" x 24" x 5" variable - can be mounted with two small copper nails to the wall (to be provided)
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    'Red Anemone' evolved because the woven tube ravels to look this way. The materials I find at a scrap yard lead the way in much of my work. This woven tube is a protective layer for electrical wires. Its been stripped from the wire for its recycle value. The red wire is varnished copper. Anemones interest me greatly because of the beauty and yet a plant, there is something animal-like about them. The deep cold water of our coast hold many of these incredibly fascinating life forms. I made two life size Anemones for Port Townsend's Wearable Art Show in May 2012.

    Qty per pledge: one (1)
    Stainless steel and copper
    22" x 17" x 10"
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    'Nudibranch' is made with twisted stainless steel that is from ship refrigeration manufactured at my local boatyard. Long shiny pieces were sticking out of the recycle bin and soon retrieved with permission. Nudibranch thrive in our coastal waters and come in a huge variety of forms with some fabulous names such as Hairy Spiny Doris, Rough Mantle Sea Slug and Sea Goddess. A book of British Columbia origin, "Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest: A Photographic Encyclopedia of Invertebrates, Seaweeds and Selected Fishes" by Andy Land and Bernard P. Hanby is the book of choice when naming of new sculpture...it's my baby book of names!

    Stainless steel, trolling wire, copper.
    30" x 16" x 12"
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

    Estimated delivery:
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    $600 reward

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    'Double Ender', the name comes from my favorite style fo boat. In this case I chose the name because it has two ends, rather than a beginning and an end. I like to think of this as a memeber of the Detrivore family....described as a primary consumer. I like that my materials are post consumer!

    Copper and stainless steel.
    14" x 25" x 16"
    Int'l Backers will need to pay for shipping.

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    Spend an artful day with me! Come to my private studio for morning tea with homemade scones, fruit from my garden and get creative with me. You'll go home not just with memories of a fabulous time you'll take away some great pics of us as we get crazy and with a sculpture that we created together!

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