Congratulations Tamika in Year 12. Her Barrier Reef inspired bodysuit has been selected from nearly 2000 projects across NSW to appear in Texstyle, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Textiles Projects developed by 2016 HSC Textiles and Design students. The Texstyle exhibition will be held at the Stitches and Craft Show at Rosehill Racecourse from Thursday 3 March to Sunday 5 March 2017.
Tamika’s Major Work Statement:
I have created a marine-inspired textile art outfit that consists of a nine-paneled, strapless, boned bodysuit made of white stretch satin and a sculptural felt neckpiece. I have dyed the lower section of the bodysuit with bold vibrant colours inspired by coral reefs. The contrasting colour scheme of the bold colours with stark white is my way of representing the unsettling environmental issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. The outfit becomes the canvas in which I present the immaculate beauty of the natural world, through intricate embellishments, and to communicate the need to stop polluting our oceans because inevitably it will be us that suffers. The neckpiece communicates the struggle; the wearer seems to be strangled in the sculptural felt piece, and emphasises this global modern day issue.
Also to be acknowledged is the huge effort behind the scenes of the senior textile teaching staff Bridgette and Narelle, whose direction has helped produce work of such high calibre. Textile Major Works including Tamika's will be on display in the PAC foyer until the end of Term 4.