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TAFE NSW design students to take the stage at inaugural Sydney Wearable Art Gala

TAFE NSW design students to take the stage at inaugural Sydney Wearable Art Gala

TAFE NSW design students will exhibit their innovative wearable art pieces this month over three nights at the Enmore Theatre, as part of the first-ever Sydney Wearable Art Gala.

Students studying design, illustration, production design, and wearable art will demonstrate their skills and take centre stage from 28 to 30 November in handcrafted costumes, in a celebration of art, innovation, and personal expression.

Collaroy Plateau local Venessa Crane is one of many standout artists participating in the showcase. After working as a full-time artist for nine years, Venessa decided to upskill and study a Statement of Attainment in Make Wearable Art at TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore.

Venessa’s piece is inspired by her experience of living with a disability, with her wheelchair serving as the backbone of her wearable work of art.

“I have always had a passion for creating many different types of art in many different mediums, and recently, a friend introduced me to the concept of wearable art. I decided to enrol in the TAFE NSW course and am certainly glad I did!” Ms Crane said.

“The workshop at TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore seemed to invite creativity and collaboration among the students, and my teachers provided me with invaluable support and guidance throughout the entire creative process. With the help of some extraordinary individuals, I learnt how to not only design a wearable work of art, but also construct something which is worthy of the stage. It’s been a dream come true.

“The wearable art experience has extended my motivation to ‘bust out of my shell’. I decided to create a giant egg-shaped lantern, which surrounds my wheelchair. My wheelchair provides me mobility and freedom to get around the world, and its strength and maneuverability are fundamental to my costume’s design.

“I’m really looking forward to showcasing my work on stage and hopefully inspiring others to take a risk and follow their passion – no matter the hurdles in the way.”

TAFE NSW Head Teacher of Art and Design, Rod McRae said it’s inspiring to see students like Venessa discovering their potential.

“Our design courses give students the practical and theoretical skills they need to bring their ideas to life, with the help of passionate, experienced teachers in our industry-standard studios,” Mr McRae said.

“It’s great to see students gaining the technical skills and confidence they need to take their ideas from an original concept through to construction – and I look forward to seeing their unique designs on stage.”

The Sydney Wearable Art Gala will take place on 28, 29, and 30 November at the Enmore Theatre, with prizes to be awarded. For more information, visit

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