Image: FLW 2011 Runner-up, Secondary School: Anna (back)

FLW 2011 Runner-up, Secondary School: Anna (back)

Anna Henry models her runner-up entry. Anna is from Nowra High School in Nowra, NSW.

Stuart Humphreys
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Anna Henry from Nowra High School in the Shoalhaven region of NSW models her untitled creation. She was inspired by the bird formerly known as the Prince Regent Bird of Paradise. The base of her black bodice is made from a cushion cover. On top, she alternated strips of rubber and packing tape, for a zig-zag pattern that reinterprets feather shapes. The skirt base was sewn from pieces of a black barbeque cover. Pieces of a yellow rye bag were then glued on top. The resultant areas of yellow framed by black mimic the look of the bird’s open wings. The jacket is made from a black rubber mesh, and trimmed with more barbeque cover. On the torso, strips of the rye bag were woven into the mesh. The yellow shape on the back depicts the bird’s tail. Over the sleeves, strips of black bin bags were hooked into the mesh, for fluffy wing-like bulks. The circular yellow patch on the bird’s neck inspired Anna’s fascinator. Circles of flyscreen and gutter stopper are topped with loops of the rye bag, and pieces of feather-shaped gutter guard.

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