Getting creative in farm fashion
The Australians will be looking to cause an upset on the catwalk in agriculture's equivalent of the Wearable Arts next month.
Garments constructed of No 8 wire, ear tags and other farm material will be modelled at the Ag Art Wear competition at the National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek.
In the last three years Australian designers have score well and took one of the major placings in last year's event.
Event co-ordinator Adam Reinsfield said four Australian entries this year would add an international flavour to the competition.
''Australia has not won in the last three years that I have been involved. They came pretty close last year with one Australian placed and getting an award.''
Fieldays organisers hold the licensing rights of Ag Art Wear and offer it to an event run in Australia. The category winners of that event are coming to contest the Ag Art Wear competition.
Reinsfield said the quality of entries so far was outstanding.
''We have got No8 wire, seed bags, alkathene pipe ... you name it they will use it and they use all sorts. Last year we had one that was completely made of breed tags and the year before one girl cut a portion out of part of the fence from her father's farm. Only their imagination will stop them.''
Six Ag Art Wear shows will be run over the event from June 12 to 15.
Reinsfield said designers might choose to follow the fieldays ''premier feature'' theme of getting down to business in the global economy, but they were encouraged to be free thinking in their designs as long as they were made an agriculturally-derived garment.
''It's about creating a sense of art and we want the artists to create that. ..... A lot of it is recycled stuff that comes from the farm.''
A cash prize pool of $12,000 will go to the winners.