Showcasing art, showcasing themselves
CREATIVE fashion will be all the rage at RED Inc's Red Threads Exhibition this weekend.
The fashion parade and karaoke extravaganza will see RED Inc participants strut their stuff in their own creations.
Arts coordinator at RED Inc, Naomi Feller, explained that this event will be the grand finale to their wearable arts program, which has been running for the last year.
The 17 participants have been using their sessions over the last year to create wearable art for themselves - which have been created as an expression of themselves, Ms Feller explained.
What they've done is create a piece of art which expresses their personality - but in a wearable form.
At the grand finale, they will parade in front of the public, showcasing their artworks (and in a way, themselves), Ms Feller said.
"They've worked so hard," she said, and was very excited for them to have the opportunity to show off what they'd created.
During the project, the participants have had guidance from facilitators Ms Feller and Jeremy Hawkes, volunteers Azani and Janelle, and many local artists as guest facilitators, such as Jesse Mackintosh, Juzzie Rose, Joanna Kambourian, Martin Pedder, Eleven Greenstones and Rachel Ayland.
"It's been a really great process (and) great opportunity for a lot of these guys to interact with local art talent," Ms Feller said.
The project was made possible with Accessible Arts funding, and thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts, the program will continue for another year and a half.
Their extravaganza on Saturday night will be a colourful affair - The participants will be glammed up in their wearable art and with the aid of a professional makeup artist, before they vogue and swish their way down the catwalk as Lismore icon Maude Boat acts as MC.
Red Threads Exhibition at Lismore Workers Club Platinum Room on Saturday 6pm-9pm.
Fashion parade followed by karaoke.