Image: FLW 2011 Finalist, Open: Annelyse (back)
Sheena Rohnan wears the finalist entry of Annelyse Lumley from the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
- Stuart Humphreys
- © Australian Museum
This design by Annelyse Lumley from the Northern Rivers region of NSW is modelled by Sheena Rohnan. Annelyse has used a blue bath mat for a feathery look on the torso. Elsewhere we see reds and golds, for this outfit is titled ‘Oiseau de paradis rouge’, the Red Bird of Paradise in French. To create a half-skirt that could represent its majestic flank plumes, a frame was shaped from chicken wire. Annelyse then attached pieces of a red window blind spray-painted gold on one side. Pieces shaped like round-ended feathers were layered on the bodice and inside the half skirt. Those pieces layered on the outside represent long, pointed feathers. To note that the bird’s flank plumes become finer and lighter coloured further out, on the inside hem Annelyse has used smaller pieces, and a lighter weight and colour fabric from of backpack. In construction, she used buttons, cotton and tape.