Image: FLW 2011 Finalist, Secondary School: Lillika (back)
India Grant models the finalist entry of Lillika Rogers-Fauske from the Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby, NSW.
- Stuart Humphreys
- © Australian Museum
Lillika Rogers-Fauske from the Shearwater Steiner School in Mullumbimby NSW is next. Her creation is modelled by India Grant and is titled Paradisaea rudolphi, the scientific name of the Blue Bird of Paradise. In response to the array of blues in the male bird’s plumage, she spray-painted old wooden pegs in various blues and satin black. Each peg usually shows more than one colour. She attached some pegs in a linear array to a base of white canvas made to cover the upper torso and to reach lower at the back, to echo the long flank plumes of this bird. Blue satin is visible in areas on the front and sides, to a hemline set at the lowest pegs, and is decorated at the front by black washing line. A circular array of pegs forms a halo-shaped headpiece. The entire outfit aims to make one think of the intricacy of this bird's plumage.