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Whimsical, witty wearable art

What is wearable art?

Wearable art is original, one-of-a-kind, often-whimsical, innovative or theatrical adornment for the human body.

Artists and designers will use any materials, such as wood, metal, leather, candy, pop cans, paper, or carpet to build a costume of artistic endeavor. Hairstyles, makeup, shoes and accessories are styled to complete the look.

The Wearable Art Show is an "art couture fashion show" and performance/exhibition of creative explorations of body adornment. Artists create a wearable work and their chosen performer will wear the art and "perform" the artwork for two minutes to music, also selected by the participants.

The entries will be presented in a theatrical performance, with the final night's show including judging, an awards ceremony and cocktail reception. Judges will award prizes; the audience will also vote on their favourite piece.

Who should enter?

You, if you are an artist, designer, costumer or creative body adorner.

Complete the entry forms and submit your concept drawings by the deadline of April 30. Your entry package must arrive at the Comox Valley Art Gallery by 5 p.m. on April 30.

If you have already completed the actual garments, you can send photos of them as your submission.

From the entries received, 20 will be selected for performance in the 2012 Wearable Art Show.

Does the actual wearable art have to be done by the entry deadline?

No, the first deadline is for the submission of your drawings and sketches.

Successful entrants will be notified May 10. Meetings and rehearsals happen in July and the show nights, awards and party all happen later in the month.

— Comox Valley Art Gallery

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