BITS AND BOBS: Julie Johnson.
BITS AND BOBS: Julie Johnson.

Nothing to wear? Look in the skip

ONE man's trash is Julie Johnson's treasure.

The Rosemount artist is preparing to raid bins, dumps and op shops to find the bits and bobs necessary to create her next award-winning entry in the Bendigo Bank Wearable Art competition, as part of the Australian Body Art Carnival on May 4.

She's won the category for the past two years and hopes to continue the streak in 2014.

"I like to create pieces with function that go beyond the concept of traditional art, giving people the opportunity to interact," she said.

"My head always seems to be full of unique ideas and I needed to start committing myself to completing and showing some of these concepts."

The theme of this year's competition is dreams and nightmares.

"I get excited when each year's theme is revealed so I can begin to visualise a new concept each year that not only works as wearable art, but also stands on its own as an interesting sculpture," Ms Johnson said.

Her entries over the past two years have incorporated her blacksmith skills, and a range of upcycled items, including spoons, leather, a kite, an umbrella, roofing materials, old belts and bikes.

"I like to think this competition is more about having a creative outlet to show my skills. It is something I enjoy doing and being surrounded by like-minded people."

Registrations are open with entry forms available for download at australianbodyart.com.au.

Entrants can either create their design independently, or team with fellow students, friends or colleagues and create a work of wearable art together.


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