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About AWA

Wearable Art is an exciting and unique intersection of art colliding with fashion and costumery.

Australian Wearable Art is delighted to provide a platform here in Australia for artists and designers to embrace their creative exploration into form, structure, texture and colour using an eclectic mix of often unusual materials. This exciting journey in the merging of materials in weird and wonderful collaborations with art, science, fashion and technology will result in creating wearable pieces of art to be proudly presented on the catwalk again in 2020.

We invite you to be a part of this art and fashion extravaganza either as a contestant or simply as a viewer of the extraordinary!

Our Team


Wendy Roe: Curator

Wendy has a voluntary and employed organisational background of local events in regional New Zealand including initiating and organised a hugely successful Wearable Art event in a NZ secondary school. This was the first of its kind at that time in New Zealand going on to become an integral part of the Technology curriculum in this school for the next 16 years. In 2017 Wendy instigated the highly successful Eumundi Wearable Art event in the 2017 Sunshine Coast Council Horizon Festival followed up by the also hugely successful Runaway Art in August 2018. Wendy is currently organising the Australian Wearable Art Inc. competition event scheduled for May 24 2019 and by popular request Runaway Art again for the August Horizon Festival 2019.

Helen Perry

Helen Perry:  Event Management, PR and Marketing Director

Fresh PR & Marketing director, Helen Perry brings a wealth of marketing and event management experience to the table. Starting her career as a designer, she now uses this creative knowledge and her brand expertise to ensure marketing and communications are both functional and fabulous. She is a great connector of dots, bringing networks together, uncovering a client’s point of difference and delivering fresh ideas. Her not–so-secret passion is the arts. Once a manager of a handmade paper making mill in Tasmania, she now assists with the marketing of major cultural projects on the Sunshine Coast including the Horizon Festival, Noosa Long Weekend, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Floating Land and numerous theatrical productions by Gateway Theatre.

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Kait Manchip

Kait studied Theatrical Costuming, Fashion Production and Headwear followed by five years of working as a costumier in Sydney theatre shows including Cats, Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables and Showboat. Kait also developed and coordinated a children’s art event, ‘All Dolled Up’ as part of the Australian Body Art Carnival, for three years and has organised and modelled in local fashion shows. Kait was also key person involved in the development and bringing to fruition the Eumundi Wearable Art competition in 2017.

Louise Formosa

Louise Formosa is currently the Sub Regional panel member representing Eumundi for Visit Sunshine Coast, Chairman and Director of Eumundi Combined Community Organisation Pty Ltd and Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Louise is also a director of three companies that operate retail and tourist based businesses in the township as well as practicing as a commercial solicitor.

Over the past few years Louise has contributed to the co-ordination and management of a number of events in Eumundi such as Art Street for the Horizon Festival of Arts and Culture, a three-day celebration of the 50 Year Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast including the co-ordination of a grand parade and has been involved in a number of other community events such as the School of Rock, Earth Hour and Australia Day celebrations.