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RACHEL THOMAS
Last updated 11:35 12/06/2014
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GIRL ON FIRE: Brontie Birchall.

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A smorgasboard of wire, fibreglass, wool and sausage casings were on show yesterday at the Ag Art Wear Show in the Fieldays Theatre.

Tasmanian teen Brontie Birchall's brightly coloured creation was inspired by the bushfires of January 2013 which devastated the island.

"The colours [of the dress] are bushfire and . . . it all inspired me to design something around it and the keys for a new beginning, a new start for the people," Birchall said.

The dress and parasol the 16-year-old made have already won a first prizes in Tasmania and Victoria, and won her the trip to Fieldays in the Waikato.

She named the outfit, Key to a new Beginning and spent about two months putting it together after she came up with the concept.

Chaff or feed bags, keys, tarpaulin and bits of an old tent went into the dress, and the parasol is made of sticks and wire.

Birchall was impressed with the Kiwi creations.

"They were all incredible. The competition's really tough."

Another bright orange dress utilised over 1km of expired sausage casings, complete with a bright bouffant headpiece.

Wednesday morning's show ran smoothly, bar a brief powercut which blackened the room for around 30 seconds.

Ag Art Wear is a competition and sub-event held every year at Fieldays.

The challenge is for designers to create wearable art garments from materials used in farming practice.

This year to celebrate the competition's 20th year, there were two shows daily at 10am and 2pm.

The official prizegiving will be tomorrow at the 2pm show.

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- Waikato Times

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