TAFE NSW design students will exhibit their innovative wearable art pieces at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, as part of the first-ever Sydney Wearable Art Gala.

Venessa Crane is one of many artists participating with her piece inspired by her experience of living with a disability, her wheelchair serving as the backbone for her wearable work of art.

“The workshop at TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore invited creativity and collaboration among the students, and my teachers provided me with invaluable support and guidance throughout the entire creative process. I created a giant egg-shaped lantern, which surrounds my wheelchair. My wheelchair gives me mobility and freedom to get around, and its strength and manoeuvrability are fundamental to my costume’s design,” she said.

“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 Art and Design head teacher, 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,” he said.

The Sydney Wearable Art Gala runs from November 28-30 at the Enmore Theatre, with prizes to be awarded. For more information, visit https://www.sydneywearableart.com.au/

Photo: Venessa Crane